The Union of International Mountain Leader Association UIMLA was founded in November 2003 and is the umbrella association of the national associations of the mountain leaders of actually 16 countries. The UIMLA guarantees by analogy with the IFMGA training and standards in the sector of the certified mountain leaders. The two associations UIMLA and IFMGA are the only acknowledged umbrella associations worldwide in the sector of certification of mountain leaders and mountain guides.