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IPGA awards two levels of endorsements to guides - Terrestrial Polar Guide and Master Polar Guide.

 

Terrestrial Polar Guide

 The 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

The 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?

 

General Skills Required

An IPGA guide possesses a range of outstanding qualities and is able to perform a host of skills in a professional manner, including:

  • assessment, selection and preparation of clients
  • selection, procurement and modification of equipment suitable for polar activities in their speciality areas
  • selection, procurement and and preparation of food
  • organise all aspects of polar expedition logistics in their speciality areas
  • travel with skill, safety and confidence over any polar ice environment in their speciality areas
  • determine appropriate guide to client ratios
  • anticipate, assess and mitigate environmental and other threats
  • conduct wilderness first-aid, trauma and rescue procedures
  • be competent in the use of firearms and communications equipment
  • experienced with aircraft ground procedures
  • provide contacts and relevant authorities with a comprehensive operations manual
  • display a duty of care towards clients
  • respond competently to the leadership, motivational, social and emotional demands of a team       


Endorsement Criteria          

IPGA determines a guide’s competence through an assessment process and awards endorsements based on these assessments. To become an IPGA-endorsed guide, an applicant must submit an application form, together with an application fee. The applicant must have significant and verifiable polar expeditioning experience, summarised in a resumé submitted within the application. This experience must be in a predominantly private or guiding capacity, not as a client.

Endorsement Process          

The following processes must occur in order for an applicant to become an IPGA guide.

  1. Download an application (you must first create an account)
  2. Submit application
  3. The application is assessed by IPGA's Assessment and Registration Board (ARB)
  4. Application approved (or refused, in which case the applicant is asked to resubmit with advice from the ARB)
  5. Endorsement level awarded, guide listed in Directory
  6. The guide's membership and guiding activity is reviewed annualy

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.

 

Fees

Application Registration plus Membership* Membership Fee 
FEE €25 one-off payment

€55 one-off payment

plus pro rata of €10 per calendar month until September

 €110 recurring payment

COVERS

assessment of application

  • endorsement and registration of guide
  • IPGA Polar Guide certificate
  • 12 months IPGA membership
  • listing of guide and resume on IPGA website
  • four IPGA logo patches
  • use of IPGA digital logo
  • 12 months IPGA membership
  • continued listing of guide and resume on IPGA website
  • continued use of IPGA digital logo
DUE on submission of application on award of endorsement September 15 annually

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