Apprentice Interpreter & Hiking Guide

The Apprentice Interpreter Course is 2-days in length and is designed as a stepping stone to the Professional Interpreter Accreditation. It is for guides who are relatively new to interpretive guiding, but it is appropriate for any guides or interested individuals who want an introduction to effective interpretation skills, local natural history, cultural history and park management. This course is taught in English, French, and Japanese every spring, fall and winter.

The Apprentice Hiking Guide Certification is obtained upon successful completion of the 2-day Apprentice Interpreter Course and the 2-day Group Managment course.  It is highly recommended that these courses be taken consecutively.  We organise these courses so the Group Management course immediately follows the Apprentice Interpreter courses.

In order to be accredited as an Apprentice Hiking Guide, you must register for both the apprentice interpreter and group management courses separately. Click on the green links above to register for each course.

All Apprentice Hiking Guides are required to have a minimum 16-hour standard first aid certification and a hiking resume outlining at least 5 full day hikes they have done in the area they are guiding in the past two years. See Group Management course for more details.

The Apprentice course is offered in May, June, November and February in Canmore each year, in May and November in Jasper and when required in Waterton, Golden, and Calgary.

Course Cost: $600 plus GST. ($350 for the AI course + $250 for the GM course)

The course fee includes an IGA manual (this is available digitally or paper. A digital copy will be emailed to you once we receive payment if you don’t indicate that you want a paper copy. Paper copies can be picked up at the office or sent in the mail if you want to pay shipping fees) and a membership with the association that is good for one full year from the date of purchase. If you cannot access the digital manual after it has been sent to you get in contact with us right away. This manual is essential for this course!

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.