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

06 - 07 February
On Zoom

Apprentice Interpreter – Canadian Rockies – Feb 6-7 2023 Sold Out

The Apprentice Interpreter course takes place February 6 & 7 (virtually on Zoom). The course begins at 8:30am and ends at 5:30pm with an exam from 6:00-7:00pm on February 7. To register ($369 + gst), ensure you have an IGA membership purchased. *** Currently full: contact us to join our waiting list! (courses@interpretiveguides.org)
  • Day 1  8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Day 2  8:30am - 5:00pm, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Cost: $369
09 - 12 February
Banff / Canmore

4 Season Group Management – February 9-12, 2023

The 4-Season Group Management course takes place the evenings of February 9 & 10 (virtually on Zoom) and full hike days February 11 & 12 (trails in Canmore/Banff area). To register ($479 + gst), ensure you have an IGA membership purchased and have completed the Apprentice Interpreter course.
  • Day 1  5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Day 2  5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Day 3  8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Day 4  8:30am - 5:00pm
Cost: $479
17 - 18 February
Banff / Canmore

Group Management Bridge – February 17-18, 2023

The Group Management Bridge course takes place the evening of February 17 (virtually on Zoom) and a full hike day February 18 (trail in Canmore/Banff area). To register ($269 + gst), ensure you have an active IGA membership and have completed the 3-Season Group Management course.
  • Day 1  5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Day 2  8:30am - 5:00pm
Cost: $269
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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