Guide Levels

IPGA AWARDS TWO LEVELS OF ENDORSEMENT

Terrestrial Polar Guide

Terrestrial Polar Guides typically, but not exclusively, guide in Antarctica/South Pole, Greenland and in other land-ice regions such as Svalbard and the Canadian Arctic. 

A Terrestrial Polar Guide (TPG) applicant must:

  1. have completed land-ice expeditions, predominantly polar, totalling 1000km with at least one continuous land-ice travel duration of 20 days minimum.
  2. not exceed 30% of the total duration and/or distance of expedition experience as a client.
  3. have outdoor guiding, teaching, instructing or leadership experience totalling 100 days with 40% conducted on ice, including at least one continuous on-ice duration of 20 days minimum.
  4. have completed an approved Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue training course and accumulated 20 days practical experience traveling over crevassed terrain.
  5. have completed an approved Firearms Safety training course or military service firearms training.
  6. have completed an approved wilderness first aid course and make every endeavour to be current in wilderness first aid techniques, in particular cold weather ailments and injuries, and to recognise the legal responsibilities, if any, in his/her country of residence.
  7. provide three professional references to validate the applicant's resume, leadership competencies and duty of care. 

Master Polar Guide

Master Polar Guides, in addition to the TPG criteria, guide on the Arctic Ocean/North Pole regions.

A Master Polar Guide (MPG) applicant must:

  1. have completed three last-degree North Pole expeditions (each 100km minimum), preferably over consecutive seasons, or one continuous sea-ice travel duration of 20 days minimum.
  2. have completed three last-degree South Pole expeditions (each 100km minimum), preferably over consecutive seasons, or a combination of other land ice expeditions, predominantly polar, totalling 800 km with at least one continuous land-ice travel duration of 20 days minimum. 
  3. not exceed 30% of the total duration and/or distance of expedition experience as a client.
  4. have outdoor guiding, teaching, instructing or leadership experience totalling 100 days with 40% conducted on ice, including at least one continuous on-ice duration of 20 days minimum.
  5. have completed an approved† Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue training course and accumulated 20 days practical experience traveling over crevassed terrain.
  6. have completed an approved† Firearms Safety training course or military service firearms training.
  7. have completed an approved wilderness first aid course and make every endeavour to be current in wilderness first aid techniques, in particular cold weather ailments and injuries, and to recognise the legal responsibilities, if any, in his/her country of residence.
  8. provide three professional references to validate the applicant's resume, leadership competencies and duty of care.  

† What is an approved course?


ENDORSEMENT PROCESS

  1. Download an application (you must first create an account) and pay a one-off application fee (€25)
  2. Submit your application
  3. Your application is assessed by IPGA's Assessment and Registration Board (ARB)
  4. Your application is approved (or denied, in which case the applicant is asked to resubmit with advice from the ARB)
  5. Endorsement level awarded
  6. Pay your one-off Registration fee (€55) and annual Membership fee (prorated monthly to a maximum of €110)
  7. You become listed in our Directory and are able to work and promote yourself as an IPGA Polar Guide
  8. Your membership and guiding activity is reviewed annually.

An application for endorsement is declined when 5 members of the board determine that the applicant does not meet the necessary criteria for endorsement. 

IPGA also awards Honorary Memberships.

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