Certificate Process

To become an Apprentice Interpreter you must take the Apprentice Interpreter Course.This course is intended to train guides to work at an apprentice level while they gain the experience and knowledge to move on to the Professional Interpretive Hiking Guide Accreditation.

To become an Apprentice Hiking Guide you must take both the Apprentice Interpreter Course and Group Management Course.

Click below to register for each one.

Apprentice Interpreter Course

Group Management Course


Apprentice Interpreter: You must get 70% or higher on each individual section of the Apprentice Interpreter exam, to earn your Apprentice Interpreter certificate. If you do not, you may re-write the exam at a cost of:

  • $65 plus GST for the full exam or
  • $30 plus GST for each individual section

Group Management: During the course, participants will be assessed and evaluated on five main areas:

  • Group Management
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Movement on the Trail
  • Personal Presentation and Interpretation


To maintain an active certificate, you must:

  • Pay the Interpretive Guides Association membership dues yearly.
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hrs of continuing professional development (CPD) per year.

Read more about CPD requirements in this document: Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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 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.