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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 park visitors. We provide training focused on sharing the natural and cultural heritage of the mountain national parks 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 Rockies.  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.

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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FIELD TRIPS & EVENTS

March 30, 2019

Apprentice Interpreter - Voshaar Outdoor

Voshaar Education and Outdoors, Eibergen, Netherlands

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April 01, 2019

3-Season Group Management - Voshaar Outdoor

Voshaar Outdoor and Education, Eibergen, Netherlands

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April 25, 2019

Apprentice Hiking Guide Certification in partnership with The Lady Alliance

Do you want to work as a guide in the Canadian Rockies? The Lady Alliance and the Interpretive Guides Association (IGA) have partnered to offer you the opportunity to become a certified guide in the Canadian Rockies. For Woman only. Scholarship available.

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May 01, 2019

Apprentice Interpreter - May 1-2, 2019

Canmore, Alberta

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May 01, 2019

Professional Interpreter, May 1-6, 2019

Canmore, Alberta

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May 03, 2019

3-Season Group Management, May 3-4, 2019

Canmore, Alberta

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May 08, 2019

Apprentice Interpreter - Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

This course will be held in Sault Ste. Marie.

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May 15, 2019

Apprentice Interpreter May 15-16, 2019

Jasper, Alberta

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May 17, 2019

3-Season Group Management, May 17-18, 2019

Jasper, Alberta

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May 22, 2019

Apprentice Interpreter - May 22-23, 2019

Canmore, Alberta

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May 24, 2019

3-Season Group Management, May 24-25, 2019

Canmore, Alberta

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May 24, 2019

Japanese Apprentice Interpreter - May 24 & 28, 2019

Japanese Apprentice Interpreter, Canmore, Alberta

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May 25, 2019

East Kootenays Apprentice Interpreter Course

East Kootenays Apprentice Interpreter Course

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May 29, 2019

Japanese 3 Season Group Management Course May 29-30, 2019

Japanese 3 Season Group Management Course, Canmore, Alberta

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June 18, 2019

Apprentice Interpreter - June 18-19, 2019

Canmore, Alberta

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June 20, 2019

3-Season Group Management, June 20-21, 2019

Canmore, Alberta

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June 28, 2019

French Apprentice Interpreter - June 27-18, 2019

Canmore, Alberta

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June 29, 2019

3-Season Group Management, French, June 29-30, 2019

Canmore, Alberta

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December 31, 2019

Parks Canada Volunteers Basic program

Special admin fee for Parks Canada volunteers.

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August 12, 2023

Purchase Digital Handbook

Purchase a PDF version of the Interpretive Guides Handbook

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January 01, 2030

Purchase Group Management Handbook

Purchase Group Management Handbook

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January 01, 2030

Purchase Canadian Rockies Natural/Cultural History Handbook

Purchase Canadian Rockies Natural/Cultural History Handbook

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January 01, 2039

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!

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Basic Online Course - Banff, Kootenay, Yoho

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!

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