certified interpretive guide

Are you interested in…

Connecting hearts and minds to the beauty of nature & the mysteries of history?

Learning interpretive techniques for communicating with others more effectively?

Interpreters connect visitors to important natural, cultural, and historical resources at parks, nature centers, historical sites, aquariums, zoos, museums, or anywhere  people come to learn and experience. Interpretation is a communication process encouraging emotional and intellectual connections between people and the places and resources we share.

Become the best interpretive guide you can be by earning the Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) credential with the National Association for Interpretation.

The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers or would like to deliver interpretive programs to the public. It combines theoretical foundations with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors. The CIG credential has gained recognition and respect by tour and cruise companies, parks, zoos, museums, cultural centers, nature centers, and aquariums around the world. Join in, get your certification, and be part of the growing profession of interpretation. Learn more about becoming a CIG from the National Association for Interpretation.

The Instructor recommends that you purchase and read the book, Personal Interpretation, by Merriman & Brochu. This is an excellent preview and guide to the course.

Certified Interpretive Guide

The 2025 CIG Workshop will be Monday – Thursday; February 17 – February 20

CIG certificate is provided by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI)



$600 (includes instructor fee, workbook, certificate, 1 year professional membership)
Certificate lasts for a lifetime

Professional Member


NAI Retired/Seasonal/Student/Volunteers

$450 (includes instructor fee, workbook, certificate, 1 year membership)
Certificate lasts for lifetime

Supplies and Lodging

Bring your own lunch, water bottle and coffee mug. Snacks & coffee will be provided. Lunch & dinner options available nearby. Special lodging rates for this class will be available.

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