Quality Assurance of the Mountain Guide Training
The IFMGA Technical Committee is responsible for monitoring the quality of the Mountain Guide Training in Member Associations, in particular that the Training meets the minimum standards required, as laid down in this Platform.
7.1 The following monitoring measures are used:
- The Technical Committee regularly visits training courses in its Member Associations and produces observation reports. The corresponding costs are evaluated by the TC and presented in a budget.
- All Member Associations, including Candidate Countries, must provide an annual Report on their training courses (including number of participants, participants getting certification, accidents during training, changes in training etc.).
- At least every 2 years Member Associations must send their Technical Director or delegate to observe training for 4-5 days in another IFMGA Member Association.
- Every Member Association or authorised training institution of the IFMGA has to produce an instructor coordination (i.e. CPD for instructors) once a year.
7.2 Monitoring Visits
In order for the necessary checks to be made, those carrying out monitoring visits need to have an in depth knowledge of the IFMGA Training Scheme and to be fully competent in whatever skills are required for such visits to different countries.
- ideally, a monitoring visit is led by, or accompanied by, a member of the IFMGA
- former members of the IFMGA Technical Committee can be used
- Technical Directors or responsible course leaders from IFMGA Member Associations can be used
- former instructors from different training and observation programs within the IFMGA can be used
7.3 Further development of Mountain Guide Training and standards within Member Associations
- mutual exchange about current topics on the occasion of the Instructors’ Conference
- Member Associations are asked for constructive arrangement and collaboration on different topics (safety, equipment, human factor, relationship participants – guide on common routes etc.)
- during Instructors’ Conferences, the IFMGA Technical Committee reports on current topics, and findings relating to guiding techniques and safety, but also material specific topics and accident analysis.
- the IFMGA Technical Committee may, at any time and for a certain time period, instigate work and research groups that serve further development of the Mountain Guide profession
- the Member Associations (also Candidate Countries) are required to provide an annual report about “mountain guiding accidents” and send them to the IFMGA Technical Committee in order to compile a data base for the IFMGA.