Welcome to the Interpretive Guides Association

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

Interested in joining the IGA?

Certified Guides/Member Area

If you are certified with the IGA or plan to take a course then 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.

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Upcoming Field Trips & Events

26 May
Banff / Canmore

Forest Bathing Workshop Sale has ended

Join Ronna for a forest bathing experience to relax and rejuvenate. Following that, learn tips and tricks on how to weave in mindful moments and forest bathing opportunities during your walk.
Cost: $70
28 May

Apprentice Interpreter (MERS) – May 28, 2024

This is an in-person course in interpretation that is open to everyone, offered May 28th in partnership with the Marine Education and Research Society (MERS). Those who have taken or are registered to take the MERS marine mammal course can get a discount of $25 off the price of this course. Ask your MERS representative for your coupon code and apply it at check out. The course begins at 8:30am and ends at 6:00pm (Pacific Time). To register, ensure you have your IGA membership purchased beforehand and that you're signed in to your account.
Cost: $185
30 May
Banff / Canmore

Canadian Rockies Glacier Stories Workshop Sold Out

Hosted by IGA guide, author, and photographer Lynn Martel, this one-day field trip will immerse you in the world of Canadian Rockies glaciers while hiking along some of the Rockies' most iconic lakes.
03 - 04 June
On Zoom

Apprentice Interpreter – Canadian Rockies – June 3-4, 2024 Sold Out

The Apprentice Interpreter course takes place June 3-4 (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 and that you're signed in to your account.
  • Day 1  8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Day 2  8:30am - 6:30pm
Cost: $369
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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