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Welcome to our training program!

The Interpretive Guides Association offers a series of training courses and exams designed to provide guides with skills and knowledge to effectively communicate our unique local natural and cultural heritage to visitors. We provide training focused on sharing the natural and cultural heritage of the areas we work in for

  • hiking guides
  • museum interpreters
  • bus tour guides
  • information centre staff
  • rafting guides
  • horse packing guides
  • scuba guides
  • mountain guides \
  • and anyone interested in learning more about the the areas we teach.

We also offer group management training for interpretive hiking guides.

Our courses range from 4hrs – 40 hrs in length to suit the needs of different individuals from mountain enthusiasts to professional guides.

Our public courses are scheduled in May, June, November and February each year and are available in English, French, and Japanese. If you have a group of 10 or more we may be able to schedule a private course to fit your schedule. Please explore these pages to learn more about our courses and certification options for interpretive guides and interpretive hiking guides.


Tous nos cours de certification sont disponibles en français. Veuillez nous contacter si vous souhaitez en savoir plus.


Cancellation & Refund Policy

Please read our Cancellation & Refund Policy if you are planning to sign up for this course.

If you cancel three weeks before the course starting date, you will receive a full refund minus a $30 administration fee. If you cancel two weeks before the course starting date, you will receive a 50 percent refund minus a $30 administration fee. If you cancel with less than 2 weeks notice no refund will be issued. The interpretive Guides Manual costs $45 for members. If you received a copy of the manual as part of your course fees the $45 fee will be subtracted from any refund amount.

If you are sick on one or more days of the course you must prove your sickness (i.e. a doctors note) and get in touch with the instructor immediately. We will place you in an alternate course if we have space available, otherwise you will need to re-register and pay.

If the Interpretive Guides has to cancel a course due to low numbers, you will have the choice of being given a full refund or transferring your registration for another course.


Currently Available Courses & EventsCalendar View


October 22, 2020

Northern Park Interpretive Guiding Speaker Series Wood Buffalo National Park

This CPD event is a great way to learn about Wood Buffalo National Park, discover the interpretive techniques they use ,and find out about interpretive job opportunities in the North. Presenters: Helen Panter and Kaitlyn Belanger from Wood Buffalo National Park and Tom Groening from Naatsih’ch’oh National Park Reserve. The talk will be online via on Google Meets and will be about an hour long, with 30 minutes of interpretation, and 20 minutes of Q and A

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November 04, 2020

Professional Interpreter Course Nov 4-9, 2020

Online via Zoom Meetings, November 4 - 9, 2020

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November 12, 2020

Wilderness and Remote First Aid - 40 hr, Nov 12 - 15, 2020

November 12 - 15, 2020 • Canmore, Alberta
This course will provide you with comprehensive wilderness and remote first aid and CPR techniques.
Please read and be prepared to adhere to our COVID-19 policy

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November 14, 2020

Apprentice Interpreter Nov 14/15, 2020

Online Via Zoom Meetings • November 14 & 15, 2020

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November 16, 2020

4 Season Group Management Course Nov 16-18, 2020

November 16, 17 & 18, 2020. The classroom portions of this course will be delivered online via Zoom. The field days will be held in person. Please read and be prepared to adhere to our COVID-19 policy

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November 26, 2020

Northern Park Interpretive Guiding Speaker Series - Ivvavik National Park

This CPD event is a great way to learn about Ivvavik National Park, discover the interpretive techniques they use, and find out about interpretive job opportunities in the North. Presenter: Kyle Mustard. The talk will be online via on Google Meets and will be about an hour long, with 30 minutes of interpretation, and 20 minutes of Q and A

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November 30, 2020

4-Season Group Management Supplement Nov 30/Dec 1, 2020

November 30 & December 1, 2020 • Bow Valley and Jasper, Alberta This course is for Interpretive Guides Association 3 Season Hiking Guides who would like to add the winter to their certification. Please read and be prepared to adhere to our COVID-19 policy

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PI Oral Exam (French or English)

YOU CHOOSE THE DATE!

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Purchase Group Management Handbook

Purchase Group Management Handbook

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Purchase Canadian Rockies Natural/Cultural History Handbook

Purchase Canadian Rockies Natural/Cultural History Handbook

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Purchase Interpretation Handbook

Purchase Interpretation Handbook

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Basic Online Course - Jasper

The on-line Basic Knowledge Course covers the same content and is the same cost as the in-person course. The on-line version is best viewed with a high-speed internet connection, but it is possible to view with a dial-up connection. You may complete this course over a couple of days or sittings if you wish. You can also stop the course at any time to take a break, or get a snack!
You can take the exam as many times as you like at no extra cost.

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Basic Online Course - Banff

The on-line Basic Knowledge Course covers the same content and is the same cost as the in-person course. The on-line version is best viewed with a high-speed internet connection, but it is possible to view with a dial-up connection. You may complete this course over a couple of days or sittings if you wish. You can also stop the course at any time to take a break, or get a snack!
You can take the exam as many times as you like at no extra cost.

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