IFMGA stands for International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations. The IFMGA carnet is the highest internationally recognised qualification for instruction and guiding in rock and ice climbing, mountaineering and off-piste skiing and ski touring.
This badge, recognised throughout the mountain world is your guarantee of their professional training and competence in all aspects of mountaineering and client care. Guides are not just leaders, but can also train you in any of the disciplines for which their qualification covers.
Only IFMGA guides are allowed to work in the high mountains, on glaciers, etc. in most Alpine countries. Anyone else offering their services in this capacity is breaking the law and more importantly is not insured for liability. Using them will also probably invalidate your insurance. To learn more visit the IFMGA website.