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 the 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 of alpinism are not required. IMLs can not 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 snow shoes. 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 qualified International Mountain Leader has the badge and the carnet of The UIMLA organization.