Mountain guide licence, recognition of diploma – Application


The training as a state-certified mountain guide / certified mountain guide is regulated by law. The legal basis for the training is anchored in the ordinance of the Federal Minister of Education on the aptitude tests, final examinations and qualifying examinations at federal sports academies, StF: BGBl. II No. 351/2011.

After the successful completion of the training, depending on the state law, an application must be made to the responsible district authority for the authorization to become a state-certified mountain and ski guide.  

The application for admission to the proficiency test must be submitted in good time. Please note the closing date for submission of applications to the competent authority.

A flat-rate expense allowance is payable per part of the proficiency test, regardless of whether partial tests are credited.

For the training as a mountain and ski guide costs are incurred, which include all course documents, insurance, instructor costs, etc. - the participants only have to pay for travel, accommodation/board and the necessary equipment themselves.

The registration for the aptitude test is done at the Association of Austrian Mountain and Ski Guides and is possible under the following conditions:

- completion of the 18th year of age

- Sports medical confirmation of the health and condition of the applicant (not older than 6 months)

The aptitude test consists of two parts (winter and summer); these must be completed within one calendar year in the order winter / summer. A contribution towards expenses is to be paid for each examination part.

In the winter of each year (end of January / beginning of February) the aptitude test is held in the area of skiing with ascent and descent, followed by the tests steep ice and ice easy (3 days in total).

Those who have successfully completed the first part can take the aptitude test in the rock area (sport climbing, alpine or clean climbing and rock easy) in May/June (2 days).

After successful completion of the aptitude test and discussion of the tour report, the first 56-day training part can begin. This includes:

Theory course I: 3 days

Sport climbing: 8 days

Ski technique I: 4 days

Ski tours: 8 days

Alpine skiing tours: 9 days


Rock climbing I: 10 days

Icefall climbing: 8 days

Ski technique II: 5 days


The courses must be completed positively within two years, in the order given above, after they build on each other in terms of content.

Subsequently, one can start the state mountain and ski guide training at the BSPA Innsbruck, which begins with the aspirant examination course and then includes the following courses in a total of 40 training days:


Alpine tours I and aspirant examination course: 8 days (July)


Practice days under direct supervision: 7 days

 Rock course II: 7 days (Sept)

 Theory course II: 3 days (Oct)

 Freeriding: 7 days (March)

 Ski mountaineering crossing: 6 days (April)

 Alpine tours II: 9 days (June/July)

 Final examination in Chamonix: 2 days (July)

The training covers the whole range of alpine mountaineering in theory and practice. As an additional qualification, the authorization to become an IVBV canyoning guide can be acquired.

In addition, at least 21 days of practical leadership experience must be proven between the candidate examination course and the completion of the training.

Part 1: For the registration, the 8 topic-specific courses and the candidate examination course:

Verband der Österreichischen Berg- und Skiführer

2nd part: After positive completion of the 1st part, for the state mountain and ski guide training

Bundessportakademie Innsbruck  

Authentication or signature of the application is not required.

An appeal is possible against rulings issued by an authority and shall be filed by the party within a four weeks term with the authority that issued the ruling of first instance (against rulings without investigation procedure within a two weeks term). The term starts with the receipt of the written copy of the ruling, in the case of oral pronouncement simultaneously with it.

The appeal shall indicate the ruling it contests, the authority that issued the ruling and contain a motion of appeal with the reasons. No more appeal is admissible if the party expressly waived the right of appeal after receipt or pronouncement of the ruling.

Each ruling contains instructions on the right to appeal and indicates the authority and the deadline for submission of such appeal.

December 14th, 2020

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