Founded in 1932, the UIAA is the international federation for climbing and mountaineering. The UIAA represents the interests of over three million climbers and mountaineers from member federations on all six continents. The UIAA has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1995.
UIMLA have been an observer member of the UIAA since 2018.
The IFMGA, founded in 1965 by guides from Austria, France, Switzerland and Italy, is currently a body of mountain guide associations from more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania, representing a total of almost 6000 guides.
The IFMGA guarantees by analogy with the UIMLA training and standards in the sector of the certified mountain guides.
The two associations IFMGA and UIMLA are the only acknowledged umbrella associations worldwide in the sector of certification of mountain guides and mountain leaders.