Subsequently, it will certainly be necessary to consider precisely how the participants of this training system will be organized later. Since the IFMGA is always only the umbrella organization of different mountain guide associations, the individual mountain guides may not be direct members of it. It always needs a professional association that supports the individual mountain guides in their work and also supervises their activities. Part of that are also the compulsory insurance and the obligation to attend regularly professional further educations which are prescribed for all mountain guides. Here it is imaginable that the participants get the possibility to become members of an already existing national member association of the IFMGA. It is also possible that existing member associations assume the function as sponsor countries and help to set up association structures for new member countries when a sufficient number of participants from a certain country has concluded the training after a certain time, so that it makes sense to found a national association. On the other hand it has to be considered if an independent “multi-national” mountain guide association shall be founded that is – under the supervision of the IFMGA – responsible for all these tasks for all those mountain guides who have no own association. This association would then assume the role of the national association for all these mountain guides and be present as a member association at the IFMGA. One of the tasks of this association is certainly also the supervision of the professional activities, the observance of the self-imposed rules of the „code of conduct“ including the duty of further education, control of the liability insurance, collecting the membership fees … Thereby it would as a consequence be guaranteed that the participants of this training also have an organization after their mountain guide exam that represents their rights and supports and controls their work.
Goals The primary goal of this project is the creation of a controlled way to training and to the international recognition for mountain guide candidates from countries that have no regulations up to now. As a result the awareness about this profession and the competences of a mountain guide shall also be improved in these countries. As a consequence, illegal guiding from these regions should diminish, because a legal training will be possible then and the participants will personally pay attention that the professional image of the mountain guide will be consolidated in their home countries. Finally it is above all the consumer who will benefit from this, because more safety during guiding work and consequently also more legal certainty will be created based on a professional and recognized training. Of course it can also be a possibility for current member countries of the IFMGA that have relatively few candidates to send their interested candidates from their country to the international IFMGA training, because they are only able to organize training courses from time to time. Of course these associations are strongly interested in integrating also their own instructors in the new structure! If this project works well, we can consider to realize similar models in the future also in other regions such as for example Asia or South Africa. We get more and more requests also from mountaineers from countries like India, Iran, China, Pakistan … who would like to become mountain guides and have no working structures for that in their home countries.
The information about the possibility to take part in this new training should be spread in the different countries. Interested alpinists can get in touch with the IFMGA without commitment in the next months, then we have the number of potential participants and we can organize the date and place of the first tests. The candidates will then get detailed informations about schedules, costs, places where the courses will take place etc. and after this they can decide to subscribe to the entry tests and the training course.
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