Course Details and Registration

Apprentice Interpreter Course Content

Day 1 Natural History We will cover: -The basics of Canadian Rockies Geology (sedimentation, mountain building, erosion, rock types) – An introduction to glaciers and mountain weather – An introduction to mountain ecosystems (Typical mountain habitats, species interactions and ecosystem connections)

History and Park Management We will cover: – Eras of human presence from aboriginal to park creation – Evolution of concept of park- from playground to goal of ecological integrity – Current park management issues & initiatives

Day 2 Introduction to Interpretation We will cover: – An overview of interpretation and how interpretation is different from information – The basics of effective communication – How to build a thematic interpretive program

For a more detailed breakdown of course content, please refer to the Interpretive Guides Association’s Knowledge Standards Knowledge Standards

Course Cost: $350 plus gst

The course fee includes; IGA manual (pdf) and a membership with the association that is good for one full year from the date of purchase.

Test Re-Take fee:  $65 for full retake or $30 per section

*** PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS WORK TO COMPLETE BEFORE THE COURSE STARTS. AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED AND PAID WE WILL EMAIL YOU THE COURSE DIGITAL MANUAL AND PRE-READING DOCUMENT SO YOU CAN COMPLETE THIS WORK. IF YOU DO NOT GET THIS EMAIL FROM US WITHIN 5 BUSINESS DAYS PLEASE EMAIL COURSES@INTERPRETIVEGUIDES.ORG.

Want to become an Apprentice Hiking Guide?

***Please click on the Group Management Tab to register and pay for that course (You need both in order to qualify as a hiking guide).

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.

UPCOMING COURSES

FIELD TRIPS & EVENTS
Jasper Apprentice Interpreter Course November 2018
Apprentice Interpreter November 2018

Date: November 29/30, 2018

Times: Day 1 - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Day 2 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Test from 6 - 7 pm

*You must receive 70% or more on all 5 sections of the test to become accredited*

Location: TBA

Cost: $350 plus GST  

***PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING COURSE INFO: Once you pay in full you will receive two emails - one with the course agenda and pre-reading document and one with the course digital manual. If you do not receive these emails, please check your junk mail folder and/or email us at courses@interpretiveguides.org.

If you would prefer a paper manual you can arrange to pick one up a the IGA office. - There is a good deal of reading to do prior to day 1 so make sure to pay early.

This reading will be emailed to you and will help you pass this test - Check your Junk Mail Folder if you do not get it right away!

**If you plan to work as a hiking guide you will also need to take our group management course. With both courses, you will become certified by us as an apprentice hiking guide.

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