IFMGA entry test 2017

IFMGA Announcement Oct 2016 –  Entry Test Guides' Training February 2017


Following the first successful "Eastern European" entry test held in Romania last February, the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA – UIAGM – IVBV) is organising a new entry test for the Guides’ Training Programme in the winter of 2017 in the Carpathians (Romania).


The dates for the entry test are 6-11 February 2017. 


Application form is available online here: 


You can ask questions about the test / past year’s testing here: or you can email us for further details at


Eligible for the 2017 entry test are the following individuals fulfilling all the conditions below:

1) Must be a national (passport/ID card holder) of one of the following countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.

2) Must be over 18 years of age

3) Must be a mountain professional with a formal qualification. Beginning with 2018 the entry test will be open to all interested persons regardless of prior professional experience. Acceptable as certifications, at this point, are the following:

a. for Bulgarian nationals: Mountain Guide Certificate, Mountain Leader Certificate + Climbing Instructor Certificate + Ski Instructor Certificate, Mountaineering Instructor Certificate + Ski Instructor Certificate, IKAR Mountain Rescue Certificate

b. for Greek nationals: HMGA Mountain Guide, HMGA-IFMGA Aspirant Guide certified status, HFMC Rock Climbing Instructor Certificate + Ski Mountaineering Certificate, HFMC Mountaineering Instructor Certificate + Ski Mountaineering Certificate 

c. for Hungarian nationals: Mountaineering Instructor Certificate + proof of ski training

d. for Romanian nationals: Mountain Guide Certificate, FRAE Mountaineering Instructor Certificate, AMPSR or FRSB ski instructor + Climbing Instructor Certificate, ANSMR / IKAR Mountain Rescue Certificate 

e. all other nationals  from the eligible countries should contact us directly with their  qualification(s) details at

4) Must be able to submit a climbing resume listing the following:

(a) General mountaineering, MIXED, SNOW & ICE: a minimum of 10 routes of which five must be of difficulty D and with a vertical height gain of at least 800 metres

(b) General mountaineering, ROCK: a minimum of 10 routes with a vertical height gain of at least 250 metres (or at least 10 pitches), of minimum difficulty IV, with protection to be added to at least one part of the climb, in mountaineering boots

(c) Winter Mountaineering: SKI TOURING: a minimum of 10 touring days, each day having at least 1000 metres ascent/descent. At least 5 of these days must be on glacier terrain

(d) Technical Climbs: a minimum 10 multi-pitch rock routes of 4 pitches or more and of minimum grade 6a (VI)

(e) Technical Climbs: a minimum of 10 steep ice climbs of grade WI4 minimum


The entry test will take place in Romania and will cover practical examinations of skills in the following disciplines:

(a) Rock climbing:

– minimum ability required in mountaineering boots, leading: V (5a/b)

– minimum ability required in rock climbing shoes, leading: VII (6b)

(b) Ice Climbing

– minimum ability required with two technical ice axes on water ice, leading: WI4

– demonstrate classical technique with 1 ice axe and 10 point crampons

(c) Mixed climbing

– ability to travel in low technical terrain (ice/rock/snow)

(d) Off-piste ski: a skiing test with rucksack, mastering various types of snow on all terrains

In some countries we will try to organise an open-day sometimes during December – January to show/explain to interested parties how the examination process will look like and give more details on the programme. Please follow and the Facebook page at for further details on this.


The examiners and instructors for the 2016-2018 interval are IFMGA-UIAGM-IVBV Mountain Guides and national association instructors from the alpine countries (France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany). 


The candidates that pass the entry test will commence Module 1 (Winter 1 Course) right away following the entry test.

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