Professional Interpreter and Professional Hiking Guide

The Professional Interpreter accreditation formally recognizes the knowledge, experience and interpretive skill of guides who have been in the profession for at least 3 years. Professional Interpretive guides have demonstrated the ability to transform an average walk in the mountain parks to a memorable and meaningful experience for park visitors.

This course is taught in French and English in the spring and fall, and Japanese in the spring. If you don’t see the course dates advertised in your language of preference, please contact us.

All individuals wishing to become accredited at the professional level must apply for and complete the 6-day Professional Interpreter course, and then complete and pass both the written and oral exams with 70% or higher (Written test requires 70% overall and 70% per section of the test).


IGA Apprentice Interpreter Course, other interpretation certification or a demonstrated ability.


The Professional Interpreter course is an advanced level 48-hour course. It is open to anyone who is interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of interpretive guiding, park management, local natural history and cultural history but is specifically designed for individuals with previous guiding experience who are interested in pursuing their Professional Interpreter career. If you are newer to guiding and interpretation the Apprentice Interpreter course may be a better fit.


  • Course: $649 plus GST
  • Membership: $79 plus GST
  • Oral Exam: $75 plus GST
  • Written Exam: $75 plus GST


This course runs in May and November each year.


To become certified as a Professional Hiking Guide (3-season professional hiking guide or 4-season professional hiking guide), you must be certified with the IGA’s 3 or 4-season Group Management Course.