ACA certified Lead Pro Canyon Guides are individuals who have attained and demonstrated a high level of technical competence through rigorous training and examination that meets and exceeds international standards. For prospective clients and students, ACA certification provides a decisive tool for choosing the right guide/instructor to help them achieve their objectives.

*If you are not certified as an Assistant Pro Guide, you will be required to perform the Assistant Guide 2 day internship.

Lead Pro Canyon Guides have successfully passed the ACA’s  4-day Lead Pro Guide Course and the 2-day Lead Pro Guide Assessment.

Lead Pro Canyon Guide -- Step by Step

  1. Prerequisite: Must be a current ACA Canyon Leader 2.
  2. Take the ACA's Lead Pro Guide 4-day Course
  3. Perform 2-day Internship (coordinate with Pro Guide)
  4. Pass the ACA's Lead Pro Guide 2-day in-canyon Assessment.
    • Prerequisite: 50 canyon descents completed by the time of Assessment.
  5. Submit a Canyon Resume that reflects the following:
    • minimum of 100 canyon descents
    • minimum of 25 unique canyons descended
  6. Submit the appropriate First Aid / CPR certification (WFR for USA)
  7. Create and maintain your member profile on the ACA's website.

How long does Lead Pro Guide designation last?

Lead Pro Guide designation is valid for three years.

How do I renew my Lead Pro Guide designation?

To renew, you must before expiration:

Retake the assessment

OR...

Participate in 16 hours of continuing education + 2 Training Events (GLAR/Rondys/Ground School/Intro Classes)

AND...

  1. Must hold a valid WFR certification (or Intn’l equivalent).
  2. Keep your member profile current on the ACA's website

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May 28, 2015

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May 28, 2015

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May 28, 2015

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