Association of Mountaineering Instructors

The Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) is the representative body for professional mountaineering instructors. Currently the association has close to 1000 members who hold various mountaineering qualifications:

MIA (Mountain Instructor Award) Holders

MIA holders are qualified to undertake all mountaineering activities in summer conditions. The association represents both trainee MIA holders (instructors who have undertaken MIA training but have not yet been assessed) and MIA holders who have passed their final assessment.

MIC (Mountain Instructor Certificate) Holders

MIC holders are qualified to undertake all the mountaineering activities MIAs can offer but can also offer a full range of winter mountaineering activities. The MIC is the highest qualification under the UK awards system. To start training as an MIC instructors must first have gained the summer and winter Mountain Leader Awards and the Mountain Instructor Award. There is a useful video showing the remit of the MIC here.

Winter ML (Winter Mountain Leader Award) Holders

Some MIA holders may also hold the Winter Mountain Leader Award and can offer winter hillwalking activities.

AMI Members will be able to offer a variety of courses as well as bespoke private guiding. 

More Info

More information on the activities offered by members, the qualification structure and the role of the association can be found on the AMI website at All the latest AMI news can also be found in the quarterly magazine 'The Professional Mountaineer' which can be ordered direct from the website.