The International Polar Guides Association (IPGA) is a worldwide body founded by active polar guides to facilitate the development and preservation of high quality professional guiding in polar-ice environments. - Mission Statement.
IPGA regulates the quality of polar guiding through its guide endorsement process, through the standardisation of skills and practices and the provision of resources to up-skill both prospective and endorsed guides. We provide support to the polar guiding community and its clientele by standardising work practices and regulations that govern the profession, by encouraging the highest possible level of safety and satisfaction for clients and by providing public transparency of guide skills, capabilities and qualifications. IPGA also monitors pricing and services offered by service providers.
An IPGA guide possesses a range of outstanding qualities and is able to perform a host of skills in a professional manner in any polar environment where surface travel over ice is the primary mode. Polar guides typically, but not exclusively, operate on the Arctic Ocean/North Pole, in Antarctica/South Pole and in Greenland and are able to manage and lead all aspects of an extended polar expedition.
IPGA was founded in 2011 as a Corporation Without Share (not-for-profit) association and is registered in Ottawa, Canada. IPGA is administered by its members and employees and comprises a Board of Directors, an Assessment and Registration Board and a Skills and Practices Board.