Accreditation Process

The Professional Interpreter Accreditation is based on an assessment of guiding experience, knowledge, presentation skills and completion of the IGA’s PI 5.5 day course. All skills are assessed using the Professional Interpreter’s Points System. To be accredited, guides must achieve have a minimum of 120 points and at least 50% of those points must come from direct work experience! See the table below for more details.

Only individuals who have completed the professional interpreter course and have the required experience are able to take the accreditation exams.

Additionally, in order to receive your accreditation at the professional level, the applicant:

  • Must be a current member in good standing
  • Must achieve a minimum of 70% on all written and oral exams (Written test requires 70% overall and 70% per section of the test)
  • Must adhere to IGA’s code of ethics



The chart below outlines the point system used to assess experience and knowledge. A minimum of 50% of your total points must come from direct work experience!

Requirements Number of Points Maximum Total Points
IGA COURSES Professional Interpreters Course Apprentice Course Group Management                                     Basic Course 10 points 5 points 5 points2 points Up to 20 points
DIRECT WORK EXPERIENCE Relevent interpretive presentations, hiking, backpacking, bus tours, rafting, biking, boat tours, climbing. – Local guiding – Non-local guiding 1 point / 10 hours 1 point / 20 hours Up to 160 points
ACMG ACMG Mountain Guide ACMG Hiking Guide/ACMG Assistant OCC CertificationWilderness First Aid (80hr/50 hr/40 hr) 20 points 10 points each 2 points7/5/5 points Up to 20 points
OTHER EXPERIENCE Examples include: Resource Conservation, communications, Information Centre Attendant, teaching, conservation work, field work, etc. 2 points / month Assessed Up to 160 points
FORMAL EDUCATION Post-Secondary – Relevant University/College/Technical – Outdoor Education Programs Post Graduate – Second Degree or Graduate Degree 5 pts per FT semester 5 pts per FT semester10 points Up to 50 points
IGA EXAMS IGA Written Test (Passing Mark 70%) IGA Oral Test (Passing Mark 70%)
PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETER 120 points required to take exams