Mountain guide training courses

The Slovenian Association of Mountain Guides organises theoretical and practical training courses for mountain guide trainee candidates.

The ZGVS schedules the training courses for the profession of mountain guide at least every two years. Applications for training courses for mountain guide are to be accompanied by supporting documents and sent to the ZGVS by registered mail; applications must include:

  • the candidate's personal data, a chronological overview of all tours, mountain climbs and ski touring to be entered on a special form published online by the ZGVS and set out when training courses are scheduled;
  • a copy of their most recent school report;
  • a certificate issued by an occupational medicine physician attesting their physical and mental fitness to practice mountain guide profession;
  • an excerpt from the criminal records.

The form "Application for enrolment in the mountain guide training course" is published on the website of the ZGVS.

Mountain guide training enrolment requirements:

  • at least 18 years of age,
  • at least a secondary education,
  • aptitude to practice mountain guide profession:
    • experience in climbing sixth grade rock routes in climbing shoes;
    • experience in climbing fifth grade rock routes in mountaineering boots with ribbed rubber outsoles;
    • experience in ascending ice formations with a 50°-60° incline;
    • experience in skiing in all ski conditions on all terrains;
  • medical certificate attesting physical and mental fitness to practice mountain guide profession;
  • alpinist experience:
    • rope team lead or alternative lead in at least 50 high-altitude ascents, of which at least 10 have been on rock, at least 10 on snow and ice and at least 10 on mixed terrain. One of the climbs has to be very difficult in terms of technical, physical and mental demands. At least 20 ascents have to be of the fourth grade or with a difference in level of at least 500 metres;
    • at least 20 six-plus routes ascended as the rope team lead or alternative lead;
    • at least 15 full-day high mountain ski touring.

Before the training courses start, the Commission (three members from the ZGVS and one member from the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology) examines the applications; all candidates who fulfil the aforementioned initial requirements are tested to determine whether their fitness to attend the courses. The test is taken as part of training courses.

Together with the test, the full length of training courses for mountain guide candidates is 80 days and includes four basic courses, each in the duration of fourteen days:

  • the course in basic theoretical and practical knowledge of mountain guiding and two additional days for exams;
  • rock guide course and five additional days for exams;
  • ski touring guide course in high mountains and five additional days for exams;
  • snow and ice guide course and five additional days for exams.

Basic general theoretical and practical mountain guiding knowledge that is not covered in the first course is taught in the other three courses. 

The training courses attended by the mountain guide candidates must be concluded in three years.

The course participants pay tuition fees to the ZGVS. The training costs depend on the amount of co-funding by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, the number of participants and instructors, the location and the accommodation prices.


Last updated: 06. 12. 2019