IRF Certifications

The International Rafting Federation (IRF) Award Scheme was developed in response to the demands of guides, companies and authorities from various parts of the world that were seeking minimum standards for guides.  Your IRF Award is being accepted by more and more countries world wide as a standard for guiding and in some countries as a National Standard.  There are many guides and/or companies who are now acknowledging the IRF award throughout the world such as in Australia, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Holland, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA and Venezuela. NB: Some countries still require a guide to obtain their own National Standard also.


To get certified by the IRF You have two options:


A. If You already have the experience and knowledge, participate at an
IRF Certification Workshop. (See criterias in the Award Scheme)


B. To improve Your knowledge and skills take part at an
IRF Training Program. (You can download the programs here)


In order to make your guide award current you must provide your Instructor with the following

  1. A current Red Cross first aid certificate (FAC) or equivalent with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). (Less than 3 years old).
  2. Log book recording each run, signed by the Trip Leader or Operations Manager of the company.
  3. IRF Award Fee –assessment fee -


Guide and Safety Crafter                     60.-Euro

Trip Leader                                         90.-Euro

Instructor                                          150.-Euro


Guide, Safety Crafter and Trip Leader Renewal costs after 3 years US$25 plus US$25 if you require a card issued by the IRF. Instructor renewal is for free if the criterias of the AS are fulfilled, otherwise recertification is necessary.

IRF Workshop, Dranse 2008
IRF Workshop, Dranse 2008