What is an International Mountain Leader?

An International Mountain Leader (IML) is a person that has been trained and assessed against the challenging requirements of UIMLA. These requirements are specified in a document called “A common platform standard”.

The IML qualification lets the holder lead groups in different mountains all over the world, where the skills and equipment of alpinism are not required. IMLs cannot provide tours on glaciers and permanent snow, and where the planned use of a rope is necessary. However, IMLs can work with groups on high altitude treks as well as lead groups on snowshoes. 

IML’s, from every member country, have to maintain International Continuing Professional Development (ICPD) to ensure that members are kept up-to-date with the latest developments in mountain leadership.

Only a qualified International Mountain Leader has the badge and the carnet of The UIMLA organization.