Certificate Process

The Apprentice Interpreter course is designed to introduce you to effective interpretation skills, local natural history, cultural history and park management. It is a great place to start your journey of discovery as an interpretive guide working in the Canadian Rockies.

  1. 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.

  1. To becoming 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

To maintain an active certificate yearly, guides 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.

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.