Professional Interpreter November 15 – 20, 2021

This course is designed for those individuals who have experience working as an interpretive naturalist/interpretive guide in the Canadian Rockies. It goes much deeper into the material than the Apprentice Interpreter Course.

Location: This course will be held online via Zoom Meetings. You must have a good internet connection so you can participate via video throughout the course and the zoom app to participate in this course.

Dates: November 15-20, 2021

Course Cost:

  • Interpretive Guides Association Member Price: $720 plus GST
  • Non-member price: $799 (includes 1-year Interpretive Guides Association membership)

What’s Included:

  • 2 Course handbooks: 1. How to Interpret Canadian Rockies and 2. Natural and Cultural History
  • 6 days of online sessions (lectures, workshops, and field trips)
  • Coaching and feedback for one 5-minute interpretive program that you will present on the final day.
  • Handouts and activity sheets.

Course Schedule:

  • Day 1:  Fundamentals of Interpretation Instruction/Workshop (9:00 am – 5:30 pm)
  • Day 2: Geology and  Ecology of the Canadian Rockies Lecture (9:00 am – 5:30 pm)
  • Day 3: Geology and Ecology Field Trip – done online (9:00 am – 5:30 pm)
  • Day 4: Fundamentals of Interpretation Instruction/Workshop (9:00 am – 5:30 pm)
  • Day 5: Park Management, Ecological & Cultural Integrity Classroom session(9:00 am – 12:30 pm) Park Management Field Trip Session presented online (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)
  • Day 6: Interpretation Workshop (9:00 pm – 1:00 pm) Sense of place lecture (2:00 pm – 5:30 pm)

Please note: This is only a course and does not include the final testing leading to certification. In order to become certified as a Professional Interpreter, you must pass a written exam and the Design, Develop, and Delivery Project. In order to take the exam and complete the project, you must qualify with enough hours of experience and expertise by applying using our Professional Interpreter Application Package.

You will be emailed a copy of the Professional Interpreter application package when you register and pay for this course. Make sure to go through it and submit your application to us well before the exam start dates. To see if you qualify, please read through the application package before you register.

Exams and Project Evaluations take place in May, June, September, November, December, January, and February each year. We highly recommend that you take your exam and complete your project within 6 months of completing the course so you remember all the requirements and materials.

Exam and project evaluation fees are separate from the course costs.

  • Written exam cost: $75 plus GST.
  • Project evaluation cost: $125 plus GST

Please email with your completed application package if you are interested in taking the written exam and completing the project and make sure to book your two dates at that time.

Prior to signing up for this IGA virtual course, please ensure your equipment and wifi are compatible with the Zoom platform by going to this website.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds will not be issued for any reason (including illness and injury) if canceling less than 3 weeks before your course start date. For more information regarding the refund policy please click here.

  • Course PD Hours: 40
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Nov 15 - 20 2021

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Nov 15 - 20 2021





Course Location


Course Instructor

Peter Duck

Other Instructors

Linda Holleman
Tracey Gage
Wendy Niven
Bob Sandford