Modern mountain guide occupation and training for enhancing competitiveness of European mountain tourism and increase workforce mobility of the sector



 enhance the competitiveness of European mountain tourism sector through improving qualification and professional skills of “mountain guides” in line with European standards and labor market needs, ensure the labor mobility and employability at European level and increase awareness anduse of touristic thematic programs.


Increasing the transparency, comparability and recognition of “mountain guide” qualification in Europe

Facilitating the learning and labor mobility and employability between participating countries and at European level

Improving quality of VET programs of the partners and esspecialy training for "mountain guide" occupation

Improving/recognizing the professional competencies of mountains guides candidates coming from participating countries

Facilitating the access of disadvantaged persons coming from Romania, Bulgaria and Italy to access mountain guide occupation

Increasing the visibility and access to “mountains guide” qualification and training

Increasing awareness and request for thematic tourism services in mountain areas


Realize a common occupational standard for mountain guides to ensure the transparency, comparability and recognition into partners' countries

 Realization of effective training modules and units for "mountain guide" occupation

 Implementation of e-learning platform and functionalities

 Authorization of training course in Romania and validation of learning outcomes

Preparing learners coming from disadvantaged backgrounds for accessing the mountain guide training course 

Testing of training courses on pilot sample of learners in Romania, Bulgaria and Italy including a transnational mobility of learners in Alps

 Exchange of good practices between partners concerning transparency, validation and recognition of skills and qualifications and mixed VET methods as: e-learning, practice, mobility, work-based learning

Train the trainers thorugh participating into common event concerning VET educational methods and increasing the sportive skills

 Realize project management using PM2 European methodology

 Disseminate the project results 


Occupational standard

Improved occupational standard for mountain guides will respect the requirements of International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations as regulatory body, it will greening the skills and it will comply with world of work

The occupation will be set at 4 EQF level, have a curriculum comprising 1080 hours and include elements of modern occupation as units of learning outcomes, ECVET points.

It will inform about: qualification level, competencies and learning outcomes, modalities to recognize the qualification, credits transfer and accumulation, entry admission criteria and documents for formal education, structure and content of assessment in each context, trainers and jury, necessary equipment, hardware/software tools, curriculum.

E-learning platform and training courses

The training courses dedicated to achive the occupation of "mountain guide" will be created using a innovative mix of VET methods didactical methodologies: e-learning, practice at training institution/mobility and work-based learning.

An e-learning platform will be developed and customized. It will be used modern pedagogies in creating e-learning content which will be highly interractive and animate, it will comprise video-materials and use scenario and exercises for self-assesemnt and cooperative lerning.

The practical training will be realized into training centers but also to travel agencies as work -based learning. The mobility in Alps will help learners to achive specific skills possible to be practices only on high altitude.

PM² best practice

The project management and implementation it will follow the PM² Open Project Management Methodology realized by EU thorugh Centre of Excellence in Project Management. PM² is a Project Management Methodology developed and supported by the European Commission.

PM² provides:
• A Project Governance Model (i.e. roles & responsibilities)
• A Project Lifecycle (i.e. project phases)
• A set of Processes (i.e. project management activities)
• A set of Project Artefacts (i.e. templates and guidelines).
• A set of Mindsets (i.e. effective beliefs and behaviours).

PM² documents used in the project framework it will be provided through this web-site as a model of best practice.



Improved hard/soft skills of learners and trainers

 Improved digital skills of trainers

 Increased quality of educational programs of partners organizations

 Increased uses of European tools into new educational programs

 Increased use of VET mixed methods into educational programs

 Enhanced access to mountain guide training of disadvantaged persons

 Increased tolerance for employability of disadvantaged persons

 Increased attractiveness of educational programs of partners organizations

 Increased interest for mountain guide occupation

 Increased visibility of the partners

 Increased number of travel agencies using touristic programs

 Improved managerial practices

 Better cultural awareness of learners /staff

 New legislative initiative in tourism area

 New tools promoting mountain travel

 New communities of practice in the summer/winter sports

 New communities of practice in the thematic touristic field

 New networks and memberships



Realize a common occupational standard for mountain guides to ensure the transparency, comparability and recognition into partners' countries

 Increased transparency, comparability and recognition of mountain guides across Europe

 New/Improved occupational standard at European and National level

 Greening occupational profile

 Increased mobility of learners attending mountain guide courses across Europe

 Increased labor mobility across Europe

 Increased employability at local/regional level of mountain guides after certification

 Increased awareness of thematic touristic programs

 Increased awareness for eco touristic / adventure and sport / rural and cultural mountain touristic programs

 Increased awareness of local/regional mountain tourism

 Increased mobility of tourists looking for thematic programs

 Intensive development of rural/local mountain localities

 Increased number of workers into mountain localities

 Increased number of companies in the thematic touristic area

 Intensive development of rural/local mountain localities