Course Options

In-person Course At the present time, there are no exams or quizzes included in the in-person Basic course. Upon completion of the full course, participants will obtain a BASIC certificate, valid for as long as the guide remains active within the mountain national parks.

On-line Course The on-line course includes a short multiple choice quiz. A minimum score of 90% is required to pass the on-line quiz. Those who take the course will be notified by email of their results.

Administration Fee and Membership

In order to keep your Basic Knowledge Accreditation active and in good standing, payment of a low cost yearly administration fee of $22.95 plus gst is required. This is not a membership fee; the administrative fee is only for guides who have taken and passed the Basic Knowledge course in a previous year. Please keep a copy of your receipt as record of the original transaction (the payment and number of staff initially enrolled). 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 administration fee is included in your course fee so you do not need to pay this the first year that you are accredited.

To pay your administration fee please click on the Basic Knowledge Course tab under Courses.

Membership with the Interpretive Guides association is not required if you hold a Basic Knowledge Accreditation but it is encouraged if you want to be more connected to the guiding community. The IGA’s membership offers great benefits like group liability insurance plans, pro-deals and participation in events.

To pay for a full year membership please click on the Join the IGA tab.