NEW COURSE! Apprentice Interpreter • 2-days of Interpretation

Currently Offered:
• In the Lake Superior Region (Sault Ste Marie – 2 days of interpretation)
• On Vancouver Island (Tofino – 2 days of interpretation plus 1 day of natural and cultural history )

If you would like this course in your area, please contact us.

The two-day Apprentice Interpreter course is all about learning the ins and outs of effective thematic heritage interpretation.

We’ll cover all the techniques and skills required to effectively communicate with your guests – from crafting inspiring themes to building effective, well-organized interpretive programs.


“Interpretation attempts to communicate in a thought-provoking way to an audience that’s completely free to ignore it.”

Sam Ham

These days, more and more people are traveling and many of these people are seeking out adventure-based experiences that do more than just get them to that beautiful viewpoint or a spectacular sunset.

Interpretive guiding is a profession. We earn a living by showing our guests special places or resources, entertaining them, and, most importantly helping them discover these places or resources in a way they couldn’t on their own. Being able to do this well, takes skill, knowledge, and expertise.

The Apprentice Interpreter course will help you focus your knowledge and expertise in a way that will offer your guests the best experience possible. As professionals, it is important that we are well trained so we can provide authentic and inspiring experiences.


In this course we begin with the theory of the 4 qualities of thematic interpretation – T.O.R.E. Once the foundation has been set, we’ll workshop our way through an interpretive program starting with the theme (T). Then we’ll move on to help you make sure your program is organized (O), relevant (R) and enjoyable (E).

This hands-on course focuses on group interaction to help the creativity flow. By working on building your program ideas in a safe group setting you’ll begin to feel comfortable and confident with the materials and be inspired to carry this effective communication process into your daily guiding.

As guides, we are all collectors of knowledge about wildlife, nature, geology, and history.  This course will help you to learn how to share the facts and stories you’ve collected and provide your guests with a meaningful, memorable and quality experience they will carry with them for life.


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 and a $45 digital manual fee. If you cancel two weeks before the course starting date, you will receive a 50 percent refund minus the $45 manual fee. If you cancel with less than 2 weeks notice no refund will be issued.

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.

The interpretive Guides Manual costs $45 for members, and it is sent out digitally so once it is sent we cannot refund you for that cost.

If the Interpretive Guides Association 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.