Course Details, Exam and Registration

The Interpretive Guides Association Professional Interpreter’s Course is typically offered twice per year – once in the Spring (May) and once in the Fall (November).

Course content

The following topics are covered in lecture and workshop/ field trip format: 1) Geology & Ecology of the Rocky Mountains 2) Park Management and Local Issues 3) Ecological & Commemorative Integrity 4) History and Climate Change 5) Fundamentals of Interpretation

Exams need to be taken separately from the course in May, June, November, December and January. Individuals wishing to take these exams outside our regular exam schedule must contact

Special exam dates are arranged based on evaluator and proctor availability and are subject to an additional fee of $50 plus gst per exam. July, August and September dates are rarely available.

If you want to become accredited at the professional level please read through and complete the application. We require all details to be sent in as early as possible so we can make arrangements for the exam dates

Course Cost: $499 plus GST

Individuals who are fully accredited at the PI level and are interested in refreshing their knowledge may be able to sit through sections of the course a second time for a discounted rate when space is available. Contact our office for details.

If you took the course but did not complete the required tests within 2 years you will have to redo the entire course and pay the full course fees to do so.

****Please read our Cancellation & Refund Policy if you are planning to sign up for this course****

A minimum of 6 participants are required to run this course and this number must be reached 3 weeks prior to the course start date. At this point, a decision will be made whether to run the course or not. As a result, no refunds will be given after this point.

Prior to the three-week point, full refunds will be given to individuals who wish to cancel minus a $30 administration fee.

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.



Professional Interpreter Oral Exam (all languages)
This session is open to people who have already taken the Professional Interpreter Course but have not yet taken this exam

Cost: $65 plus gst

Please email Tracey Gage at before registering to make sure she has a date available for you to complete this exam.

***All oral outlines must be submitted to the IGA's Executive Director as soon as registration is complete. 

All individuals taking this test must be a valid member of the IGA in good standing.
In order to become accredited at the PI level you must complete and pass both the written and oral exams with a minimum of 70%.
All oral exams are submitted by video (You Tube or Vimeo).

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If there are no exams scheduled, you may contact us to request an exam date, but please note that exams requested outside of scheduled exam dates are subject to examiner availability.