The only globally recognised raft guide certification

The only globally recognised raft guiding certification

The IRF Guide Training & Education (GTE) Award was created to provide commercial operators, industry organisations, national rafting federations, government regulators and other interested parties worldwide with a common standard for whitewater guiding professionals. To date, the IRF GTE system is the only globally recognised raft guiding certification. 

The IRF is recognised by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the two largest tourism bodies in the world, as the world body responsible for establishing and administering commercial raft guiding standards.

The GTE system is managed by the IRF through the Guide Training & Education (GTE) Committee. The system was first published in 2001 and has been revised several times since then. Significant changes were introduced in 2016/17. Version 6.0 was launched in July 2021 which includes improvements overall to the award system and supporting documents and introduced the new Whitewater Guide Award.

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GTE Instructor Conference 2023 registration open

Conference 2023 registration is now open!Registration is open to all current and recently lapsed or expired Instructors, Provisional Instructors and Assessors. The status of all Instructors and Assessors can be found on our frequently updated certified guides and instructors page. This year’s conference will be based on the Tara river, near Foča, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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GTE Conference 2023 – confirmed April, Bosnia & Herzegovina

The IRF’s GTE Conference 2023 will be held in April, near Foča, Republika Srpska, Bosnia & Herzegovina. This will be the first face-to-face GTE Instructor Conference since the start of the pandemic. We encourage all Instructors, Provisional Instructors and Assessors to attend. The GTE Conference 2023 will consist of three full days of theory, land

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