Working as an International Mountain Leader

The IML trains and assesses the holder to 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 and in remote locations. Once qualified, you can obtain your Union of International Mountain Leader Associations (UIMLA) Carnet by joining one of the UIMLA member associations, such as the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML). 


Candidates are advised that the profession of leading people in the mountains is regulated in a number of countries and to work legally in these countries requires a UIMLA carnet, together with a process of recognition. BAIML offers guidance and information about working professionally as an International Mountain Leader. As an IML aspirant, you are eligible for membership of BAIML once you have completed your Summer IML Training course, see