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
January 18, 2021
40 hour Adventure Medic w/ RMAM
Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine have partnered with the IGA to offer this 40-hour adventure medic course to our members and friends of the IGA. If you work as a guide and take clients out on any trail (even ones that seem insignificant) having a minimum of 40 hours of first aid is a must. This course will help you feel more in control and confident taking clients out on your programs away from parking lots, towns and emergency assistance.Course Details Register Now
January 23, 2021
Interpretive Specialist Certification Course
This course includes two full days of interpretation and will help you take your interpretive programs to the next level. Course content includes theme development, Sam Ham's 4 qualities of interpretation and lots of hands-on practice so you can create engaging, meaningful, memorable experiences for your guests. After completing this course and passing the exam you will become certified with the Interpretive Guides Association as an Interpretive Specialist.Course Details Register Now
January 24, 2021
4-Season Group Management Supplement January 24&26, 2021
January 24&26, 2021 This course is for Interpretive Guides Association certified 3 Season Hiking Guides who would like to add the winter to their certification and become certified as an IGA 4 Season Hiking Guide. Please read and be prepared to adhere to our COVID-19 policyCourse Details Register Now
January 24, 2021
Jasper 4-Season Group Management Supplement January 24&26, 2021
This January 24&26, 2021 course will have the field day portion held on a Jasper area trail. This course is for Interpretive Guides Association certified 3 Season Hiking Guides who would like to add the winter to their certification and become certified as an IGA 4 Season Hiking Guide.Course Details Register Now
Purchase Canadian Rockies Natural/Cultural History Handbook
Purchase Canadian Rockies Natural/Cultural History HandbookCourse Details Register Now