Basic Knowledge Course

The Basic Knowledge course is a 4-hour overview of the heritage of the mountain national parks and the guide’s role in protecting and presenting that heritage. It is designed to introduce course participants to what makes the mountain parks unique and to inspire them to learn more about the area and how they can inspire visitors and guests through the stories they tell about mountain parks. Those guides with more experience and knowledge of the landscape are strongly encouraged to take the Apprentice or Professional level course.

Groups with 10 or more participants are encouraged to book a private in-person course and bookings can be made for English and French. Whenever possible, our instructor will modify the course to meet the needs of your particular group.

There are 3 versions of this course that focus on different geographic regions and parks:

  1. Waterton Lakes National Park
  2. Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks
  3. Jasper National Park

Distance learning Options On-line versions of the Basic course are available for:

  1. Banff, Yoho and Kootenay
  2. Jasper

Click here for more information on the on-line course.


All Basic Knowledge accredited guides are required to pay a low cost yearly administration fee in order to keep themselves active with the IGA.

Individuals who choose not to pay the yearly administration fee may have their accreditation revoked and their profile removed from the IGA database.

If you require the basic accreditation to work as a guide and you are no longer in our system you will have to retake the course.

Basic administration fees that have lapsed for three or more years will be removed from the database. The IGA has no way of knowing if a guide has remained active in their perspective field if this fee is not paid.

The yearly administration fees are $22.95 plus gst. Please click below to pay now.

Become a full member of the IGA!

Their are extra benefits like group insurance plans, pro-deals and events available to those who become a full member of the IGA. If you would prefer to be a full member of the association please visit the Join IGA page.

Basic Online Course - Jasper

Cost: $89 plus GST

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Basic Online Course - Banff

Course Cost: $89 plus GST

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