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A brief sketch of the profession

Roughly 1350 qualified mountain guides are members of the Swiss Mountain Guides' Association, 1% of whom are women. All are professional leaders of mountaineering, climbing, trekking, skiing and snowboard tours and enable their customers, be they individuals or groups, to experience the mountains and natural environment. They make sure that tours are prepared and conducted in a professional manner, with special regard to safety. They have extensive knowledge and practical skills. Mountain guides need to be open, friendly, responsible and both physically and mentally resilient.

Only those who have many years' experience of the mountains and who have successfully completed the demanding training course may work under the title of "Mountain Guide with Confederation Certificate". This normally consists of a three-year training course which is subsequently completed by professional on-the-job training.

Training is divided into three phases:
1st year of training: "Course for aspiring mountain guides".
2nd and 3rd year of training:    "Guided tours under the supervision of a qualified mountain guide".

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The Swiss Mountain Guides Association delegates the organisation of courses, on a  rotation basis and for the whole of Swizerland, to one of the three regional associations: Berne, Graubünden and Valais. A course for aspiring mountain guides and a professional master’s course are held every year.

[ See also Training ]

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