Welcome to the Interpretive Guides Association

Providing interpretation, guide training, certification, and professional development programs in Canada and beyond.

Become an Affliate Member

You don't need to take our courses to join the IGA. Becoming an affiliate member and be a part of this vibrant community. Receive discounts on field trips, information about job openings, event announcements, interpretive resources, and more.

Certified Guides/Member Area

If you are certified with the IGA or plan to take a course this is the spot for  you.

Courses and Certifications

The Interpretive Guides Association offers a series of training courses and exams in interpretation, knowledge acquisition, and guiding safety that are designed to provide guides with the skills and knowledge to be the best they can be in their profession.

Upcoming Field Trips & Events

29 September
On Zoom

2023 Annual General Meeting

Join us for our 2023 Annual General Meeting followed by Keynote Speaker, Joanie McGuffin. This meeting provides the perfect opportunity for you to learn about what has been happening with the IGA over the past year, what is new and exciting, the growth within the organisation, and what is on the horizon for our next chapter.  Free for Interpretive Guides Association members.
30 October
Banff / Canmore

Map and Compass Course

Learn how to navigate in the mountains. In this course, you will learn how to use a map and compass and then practice as a group!
Cost: $65
12 November
On Zoom

Mountain Weather Course

Learn how the weather works in the mountains! This program will go over fronts, clouds, weather charts, satellite photos, information available on the Internet, same day in the field forecasting, and getting a longer term outlook.
Cost: $65
13 - 14 November
On Zoom

Apprentice Interpreter – Canadian Rockies – November 13-14, 2023

The Apprentice Interpreter course takes place November 13 & 14 (virtually over Zoom). The course begins at 8:30am and ends at 5:30pm both days with an exam from 5:30-6:30pm on the 2nd day. To register ($369 + GST), ensure you have an IGA membership purchased.
  • Day 1  8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Day 2  8:30am - 6:30pm
Cost: $369
15 - 18 November
Banff / Canmore

4-Season Group Management – November 15, 17, 18, 2023

The 4-Season Group Management course takes place November 15, 17, and 18 (Canmore area). To register ($529 + GST), ensure you have an IGA membership purchased and have completed the Apprentice Interpreter course or higher.
  • Day 1 (Nov 15)  8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Day 2 (Nov 17)  8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Day 3 (Nov 18)  8:30am - 5:30pm
Cost: $529
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Professional Dues Renewal

Your professional dues must be paid yearly to keep your certification in good standing and active. To pay your professional dues, follow the link below