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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.

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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November 14, 2019

Apprentice Interpreter

November 14-15, 2019 • Canmore, Alberta

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November 16, 2019

4-Season Group Management

November 16-18, 2019 • Canmore, Alberta

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November 20, 2019

Professional Interpreter

November 20-25, 2019 • Canmore, Alberta

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November 26, 2019

4-Season Group Management Supplement

November 26-27, 2019 • Canmore, Alberta

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November 28, 2019

Apprentice Interpreter - Jasper

November 28-29, 2019 • Jasper, Alberta

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November 29, 2019

PI Written Exam - English

November 29, 2019

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November 30, 2019

4-Season Group Management - Jasper

November 30 - December 2, 2019 • Jasper, Alberta

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November 30, 2019

4-Season Group Management Supplement - Jasper

November 30 - December 1, 2019 • Jasper, Alberta

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December 05, 2019

PI Written Exam - English

December 5, 2019

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December 12, 2019

Professional Interpreter - French

December 12-16, 2019 • Canmore, Alberta

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February 29, 2020

PI Oral Exam (French or English)

YOU CHOOSE THE DATE!

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April 15, 2020

Apprentice Interpreter - Voshaar Outdoor

Voshaar Education and Outdoors, Eibergen, Netherlands • April 15-16, 2020

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April 18, 2020

3-Season Group Management

Voshaar Education and Outdoors, Eibergen, Netherlands • April 18-19, 2020

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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

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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