NORTIND was founded in 1978, and became a member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IVBV/UIAGM/IFMGA) in 1982. As the IVBV/IFMGA only approves one national organisation in each country, NORTIND is the only representative of the international federation in Norway, and has sole responsibility for certifying mountain guides under the IVBV/IFMGA's international standards.
At NORTIND we stay in close contact with the international federation through technical seminars, exchanges with other countries' certification courses and, a couple of times a year, meetings and AGMs. That keeps our members informed and up-to-date with developments in the field. As of 2014, NORTIND had over 90 fully qualified members who, to a greater or lesser extent, were running courses and acting as mountain guides both in Norway and abroad.
In addition to a committee of elected representatives, NORTIND has a board and secretariat headed by the commercial manager Anders Nordnes. He acts as the formal point of contact for the organisation.