The IFMGA was founded in 1965 by Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland.
National associations joined or were suspended in the following order:
1976 South Tyrol
1977 Great Britain
1981 New Zealand
2004 Bolivia (First country without skiing; the ENSA in Chamonix is currently responsible for training.)
2005 Argentina and Greece. (Greece must train for skiing and high alpine tours under supervision in the Alps)
2006 Czech Republic
2009 Greece’s membership is suspended due to a lack of training
2011 The five Greek mountain guides join another national association and must attend a further education course there in order to keep their international certification
2012 Nepal can be admitted as a member. 24 mountain guides have got the IFMGA certification.