Course Details and Registration

The following is an overview of the content covered in our group management course for interpretive guides:

Day One

Morning:  Classroom Instruction

  •  legal responsibilities of the guide
  •  trip planning
  •  risk management
  •  group management skills.

Afternoon: Instructional Hike

We will spend the afternoon on a local, recognized trail where the course instructor will demonstrate and give instruction to reinforce the skills covered in the morning. We will also look at on trail group management skills and best practices for day hiking guides. This day is a chance for the Instructor to assess, through questioning.

Day Two – Full day hike, Student Assessment & Evaluation

Course participants will be expected to lead the group for a minimum of 30 minutes (total time will depend on group size). The focus on this day is assessment and evaluation, but instructors will also take advantage of opportunities to teach additional skills. More details on assessment and evaluation will be emailed to you prior to taking the course.

Note: All students taking this course must meet the course prerequisites, send in a copy of a valid standard first aid certificate and a hiking resume as soon as you register to

***If you are not comfortable with a map and compass please refer to the links in the pre-course package and prepare yourself before the course, or, take our map and compass course. Map and compass skills are not taught during this course but will be assessed!

Click here for more details:GM Pre-course package for the Banff/Canmore area

Pre-course materials will be emailed to you as soon as you register. If you do not receive those materials within a couple days please email

Course Cost: $250.00 plus GST. Please see the individual course registration links for details.

***Please be aware that all individuals who take this course must have a membership with the IGA or need to pay their yearly member dues in order to be in good standing with this accreditation. If you are taking this back to back with the apprentice interpreter course your member fees are included with that courses fees.

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. If you cancel two weeks before the course starting date, you will receive a 50 percent refund minus a $30 administration fee. If you cancel with less than 2 weeks notice no refund will be issued.

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.