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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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May 27, 2019

Jasper Annual Meeting

Come and share food, drinks, and stories.

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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 06, 2019

Theme Building 201

Learn to craft great themes

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June 10, 2019

Professional Interpreter - French - June 10 - 15, 2019

Canmore and Banff, Alberta

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June 14, 2019

Theme Building 301

Tips and Tricks to Make Your Interpretive Programs Awesome!

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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 23, 2019

Athabasca Glacier Icewalk

Athabasca Glacier Icewalk Deluxe, June 23rd, 2019 @ 09:00 Meet at the Athabasca Glacier Parking Lot (nearest the glacier) This interpretive hike onto the Athabasca will help you discover the world of glacier ice. Peter Lemieux has been walking the glacier since the ice formed there at the start of the Holocene. He'd love to share a few secrets (about the ice, that is) with you on this five hour hike to the lower icefalls. Easy walking. Bring a lunch, warm clothes and chocolate.

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June 28, 2019

French Apprentice Interpreter - June 27-18, 2019

Canmore, Alberta

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June 30, 2019

3-Season Group Management, French, June 30 & July 1, 2019

Canmore, Alberta

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July 12, 2019

Professional Interpreter Oral Exam (all languages)

This session is open to people who have already taken the Professional Interpreter Course but have not yet taken this exam

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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!
You can take the exam as many times as you like at no extra cost.

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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!
You can take the exam as many times as you like at no extra cost.

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