Alberta Professional Outfitters Society

Outfitting in AB

Steps to Becoming an Outfitter or Guide

Steps to Becoming an Outfitter or Guide

Big Game Outfitter-Guide Permit Application (fillable PDF

Bird Game Outfitter Guide Permit Application (fillable PDF)

A guide provides direction, assistance or expertise about hunting and jurisdictional regulations pertaining to big game and migratory birds.

An outfitter-guide contracts hunters, provides or organizes the services of a guide, equipment and possibly accommodation for their hunting clients and is responsible for the actions of guides who are in his/her employ and direction.

***Important Note***
You are not allowed to contract or advertise any hunts until after you have become a licensed outfitter and approved member of APOS.
Once approved by APOS, it may take up to 15 business days to be set up on Alberta ReLM and during that period you cannot hold or lease any allocations!

GUIDE ELIGIBILITY

To become a Guide (Big Game or Bird Game) in Alberta you must be:

  • an adult (18 years of age or older);
  • pay all applicable fees; AND

For Big Game Guide:

  • recommended by an outfitter-guide the first year;
  • a resident or a non‑resident who is a Canadian citizen or is admitted to permanent residence in Canada, and is legally entitled to be employed in Canada; 

For Bird Game Guide:

  • legally entitled to be employed in Canada;

Fee

The annual fee for a guide designation is $25 plus GST.

Renewals

Guide Designations expire on the 31st of March each year and may be renewed at any time through the year.

Outfitter-Guide Eligibility

Outfitter‑guide permits are subdivided into Class S (Sheep), Class T (Big Game) and Bird Game permits.

To become an Outfitter-Guide in Alberta you must:

  • be over 18 years of age;
  • fill out an outfitter permit application form, available from APOS (see document link on this page) and return it to Membership Services at APOS;
  • provide evidence of a minimum deposit indemnity bond of $10,000 for contracted clients;
  • provide evidence of a minimum general liability insurance of $5 million;
  • pay all applicable fees; AND

To become a Class T Big Game Outfitter-Guide in Alberta you must:

  • hold a big game guide’s designation; and
  • an adult resident or non‑resident who:
    • in the case of a non‑resident, is a Canadian citizen or has been admitted to permanent residence in Canada; or
    • is a business corporation or society where at least one current officer is an individual described above.

To become a Bird Game Outfitter-Guide in Alberta you must:

  • hold a bird game guide’s designation; and
  • an adult resident or non‑resident who:
    • in the case of a non‑resident, is a Canadian citizen or has been admitted to permanent residence in Canada or is legally entitled to work in Canada; or
    • is a business corporation or society where at least one current officer is an individual described above.

To become a Class S Big Game Outfitter-Guide in Alberta you must:

  • Be and individual that:
    • has been an outfitter‑guide on March 31, 1988;
    • is the spouse or adult interdependent partner or child of an individual who was an outfitter‑guide on that date, that individual now being deceased or incapacitated through injury or disease; or
    • is approved by the Minister through special application (please contact the office for more information); or
  • is a business corporation or society where at least one current officer is an individual described above.

Fee

  • The annual fee for an outfitter-guide permit (Class S, Class T, Bird Game) is $250.00 plus GST.
  • The annual fee for a combination of two outfitter-guide permits (Class T or Class S and Bird Game) is $375 plus GST.

Renewals

All permits are renewed annually on or before March 31. Maintaining a current permit is mandatory for all outfitter-guides operating in Alberta. Prior to renewal being processed or approved, the permit holder must:

  • Complete and file an annual harvest report by January 15th with the Government of Alberta;
  • Provide evidence of a minimum deposit indemnity bond of $10,000 for contracted clients;
  • Provide evidence of a minimum general liability insurance of $5 million;
  • Pay all fees associated with the renewal.

INSURANCE

Before an Outfitter-Guide permit is issued, proof of insurance must be provided to APOS ($5 million General Liability, and a Deposit Indemnity Bond/Insurance of $10,000).

HUB International offers a group plan to APOS members.

For more information contact:

Eric Moland, HUB International
PO Box 5296 Unit 1
5050 – 50 Avenue
Drayton Valley, AB  T7A 1R4
Phone:  (780) 542-3968 or Toll Free:  1-877-542-3968

Insurance application form and information package.

If you insure with any other carrier, APOS will require copies of the entire policy for each coverage before a permit will be issued.

CODE OF ETHICS

Members of Alberta Professional Outfitters Society of Alberta subscribe to a high standard of professional conduct and ethics. This code provides a standard of conduct for an outfitter-guide and guides, and gives the sportsman a clear indication of what to expect.