British Mountain Guides / Guide Training

How to become a guide

The Guides' Training Scheme has been designed and developed so that the British Association of Mountain Guides (BMG) can offer a thorough training and assessment in all disciplines associated with the international guiding profession.

The system meets the standards laid down by the European Guides Commission (EGC) and is ratified by the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA), formerly referred to as the Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagne (UIAGM).

Completing the full BMG scheme and achieving the subsequent award of the International Mountain Guide qualification ensures that a British mountain guide has parity of standards and benefits with other guides of member countries of the IFMGA. The International Mountain Guide qualification is a legal requirement to work as an alpine guide in the European Alps.

The British Mountain Guides run and administer their training scheme through the BMG Training Committee. The training committee consists of the Training Officer and six guides who represent their areas (Scotland, Lake District, Wales, Alpine areas, Other Areas and an observer guide from the MLTBUK board).

Further details of the BMG training scheme can be found by following the links on the left. After reading these if you need further information please contact: Bruce Goodlad (BMG Training Officer) email: