To: AMGA IFMGA Guides
From: Margaret Wheeler
I hope you are all well, and having a good winter season. I have an update with
regards to the changes happening in France, and I have some important questions
that I hope you can help me with.
1. The French translation of the AMGA Curriculum/Description of Programs is
complete, and this should be available from the office in the next week.
2. I met with representatives from ENSA and the SNGM in Chamonix on the 18th
of March, and we discussed many subjects with regards to foreign guides working
in France. One of the most time-sensitive issues that came up is the part of the
Equivalence/Carte Prof process called ‘Recyclage’. Please see the letter from
Laurence Raybois on the blog site http://blog.amga.com/?page_id=67 for
background information about this class.
There is currently a discussion about how to meet the increased need for Recyclage
courses (this has emerged as an important – and difficult to schedule – aspect of
the process). These courses are needed by many foreign guides as well as French
guides, and the French have been adding courses to accommodate the increased
demand (they have already gone from 3 to 8 courses in 2011). If you have already
submitted your Equivalence application, you may already be struggling to get into
a recyclage course…and if you are in the process of building your Equivalence
application, you can expect that this course will be part of the process required to
obtain your Carte Professionale.
The representatives from ENSA and the SNGM have been very helpful in providing
information and support as many foreign guides work through the evolution of this
process. For this issue, they have asked us for a count of how many US guides will
be applying for Equivalence this year, and how many will need to take a Recyclage
course as part of that process. Please see the questions below, and respond as soon
One of the other topics we discussed was the issue of foreign guides being proficient
in French. The language requirement is explained on the blog (updated March 3rd);
as this process evolves it has become clear that some level of proficiency in French will
be very helpful for all foreign guides. If you are planning to apply for your
Equivalence/Carte Prof, I recommend that you take some steps to learn the basics of the
language that you need for guiding.
As you may have noticed, the situation is in continuing evolution, and I appreciate
all of your patience with the continuing changes. As confusing as the process may
seem, I hope you can all understand that the flux is occurring in France with regards
to all foreign guides, and that this evolution is the source of all of these changes.
The goal is to get all of this sorted out before the busy summer guiding season in
France…and if you have any questions about work for the April touring season,
please get in touch with me at email@example.com.
Please respond with your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible -
I will be giving my summary to ENSA on Thursday the 24th, so I need to hear back
from everyone by Wednesday, March 23rd.
1. Have you already submitted an application for Equivalence?
a. If so, on what date?
b. What communication have you received from the French since you
applied? Please summarize any further requirements you have
2. Are you planning on submitting an application for your Equivalence?
a. If so, on what date will you send your application?
3. Have you applied to take the ‘Recyclage’ in France during the Spring 2011?
a. Have you been accepted or are you pending acceptance into a
Recyclage? If so, for what dates?
b. Do you have work booked in France for summer 2011? If so, roughly
how many days do you have booked?
Thank you all for your participation! I will tabulate the info in anonymous format
in a spreadsheet (ie no names, just numbers for each response), and we will utilize
these numbers to work with ENSA and the SNGM to help get US guides on solid
ground for the summer work season.
You can expect more information in the coming weeks – updates will be posted on the blog site.
All the best,