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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Recent guide / safety news

GTE workshop and assessment in Mexico

We are pleased to announce another GTE workshop and assessment in Mexico, this time in Jalcomulco, Veracruz.   The IRF GTE certification is recognised worldwide by leading rafting companies and operators as a first step in obtaining employment as a rafting guide or trip leader. If you are interested in attending this assessment, please contact the

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GTE Guide and Trip Leader Assessment scheduled in Mexico

For all persons interested in obtaining a GTE Guide or Trip Leader certification, there is an assessment scheduled from 13th till 15th of November in Tampaón River, Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosí, México, for Rafting guides level 2 – 3 and trip leaders level 3.  The IRF GTE certification is recognised worldwide by leading rafting

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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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