Entry onto the Alpine Trekking Guide Level 1 Course, requires either:

  • A minimum of 30 logged days over 3 years in summer and winter of alpine/transalpine experience.
    Experience outside of New Zealand will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • This must include:
    • Minimum of 3 separate geographical mountain regions.
    • At least 4 ascents of grade 2 (Logans) routes.
    • Log must show depth of experience, i.e. valley to summit, trans-alpines (trips incorporating multiple pass crossings) river crossing and off track experience.


Persons with extensive industry experience are encouraged to submit applications requesting recognition of their prior experience to gain exemption from the Snow and Ice Guide Course and/or the Assistant Alpine Trekking Guide course. Full details of previous courses taken and industry experience should be sent to support the Application; and the exemption(s) applied for clearly stated.