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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 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.


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June 02, 2020

Lake Superior Apprentice Interpreter

This course includes two full days of interpretation. No local content is included so anyone who is interested in learning about and becoming certified in thematic interpretation can take this course. If you are registering under the Lake Superior Conservancy, they have secured funding, which will reduce your course fees. Contact us for more details.

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June 06, 2020

3 season Group Managment Refresher

For IGA members who have already taken a Group Management Course

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June 06, 2020

Apprentice Interpreter: Canadian Rockies, FRENCH June 6-7, 2020

Online via Zoom Meetings, June 6-7, 2020

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June 09, 2020

Weather On The Trail

4 hour practical course on mountain weather for guides.

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June 13, 2020

Decision Making Workshop

Join us to learn how experienced guides prepare for guided trips and make decisions during the trip. Topics will include preparing before the trip, meeting clients, mitigating hazards and dealing with issues along the way.

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June 17, 2020

Apprentice Interpreter, Canadian Rockies, June 17-18

Likely online via Zoom Meetings, June 17-18, 2020

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June 20, 2020

3 Season Group Management - June 20 and 21

June 20-21 Day 1 online via Zoom, Day 2 on the trail.

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June 22, 2020

Professional Interpreter Course

Online via Zoom Meetings, June 22-27, 2020

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June 23, 2020

Theme Building Workshop

Tips and Tricks to Make Your Interpretive Programs Awesome!

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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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