Membership FAQ’s

How much is membership?

  • Individual Membership: $69.95 (plus GST) = $73.45
  • Corporate Membership: $179 (plus GST) = $187.95

For more information about types of memberships, please click here

How long does a membership last?

New for 2017! Memberships are good for one full year from purchase date. Renewals received after their expiry date will incur a late fee administration charge of $10 plus GST per membership type.

What are the benefits of membership?

Click here for details about benefits

I forgot my password – what do I do?

Click on the “I forgot my password” button on the log-in page and reset it.  You will receive an email with a temporary password. Once you log in, you can change this to something that is easier to remember.

How do I renew my membership?

There are three payment options:

  1. Payment on-line by credit card. (our on-line payment system has been upgraded and is easier to use)
  2. Email Money Transfer. Send to If you choose this payment type please email us with the password you have set up for the transaction along with your name and details of what you are paying for.
  3. Pay by cash or cheque. Cash payment can be made in person at the Interpretive Guides Association’s office located in Canmore. Cheque or money order: Make cheque or money order out to “Interpretive Guides Association” and mail to:

Interpretive Guides Association

PO Box 8807, 203-820 Main St

Canmore, AB

T1W 0C1

Can I use the Interpretive Guides Association Logo?

See Guidelines for use of logo

Why should I renew my membership?

  • To maintain your status as an accredited guide in good standing with the interpretive guide association. Only members in good standing are listed on Parks Canada licensing officials refer to these lists when issuing guide cards.
  • To maintain your company’s listing and link on our “Hire a Guide” or “Sponsor” page (corporate members)
  • To continue to receive e-updates, job postings, access to the members section of the website, pro-deals with OR, Black Diamond, Promotive, Asolo Boots, Vipole Poles, discounts at local partnering retailers, free tours with select companies, plus other benefits
  • To continue to receive discounts on upcoming professional development sessions and the Handbook for Interpretive Guides
  • To maintain professional credibility with your employers and guests
  • To continue to be represented as a professional in this area at meetings with government, municipalities, and other guide associations.

What happens if I do not renew my membership?

You will not be listed on as an “active” guide and you will no longer be eligible for member benefits.  After 3 years in an inactive state your accreditation will become void and you will need to re-test at your accreditation level, pay your membership dues and complete professional development hours in order to become active again. Please visit our reinstatement page to learn more about this process.

Keep in mind that Parks Canada uses our website and database to determine who is and who is not eligible to receive a card to guide in the mountain national parks.

How do I update my contact information, profile and CPD details?

Log into the members section. and follow the appropriate links on the left side of the page

What has the Interpretive Guides Association been doing in the last year?

The past year has been both busy and exciting. Here are a few highlights:

  1. We continued to send out notices about great job opportunities in the field of interpretive guiding.
  2. We continued our efforts to profile accredited guides and businesses who hire accredited guides throughout the Mountain National Parks
  3. We have continued to update the members section of the website and the member resource library
  4. We have secured more pro-deals for members with the association.
  5. We have made revisions to the In-person Basic Knowledge course in Banff, Jasper and Waterton National Parks.
  6. We revised the Parks Managment section of the Apprentice Interpreter training course
  7. Our manual is now digital. We made the move to digital in Spring 2016.
  8. We have hired French speaking instructors and are now offering all of our courses in French.
  9. We represented accredited guides and the interpretive guiding community at the Banff National Park Planning Forum, Jasper National Park Planning Forum, “Let’s Talk” workshop in Calgary held by Parks Canada, and at the Superintendent’s breakfast meetings
  10. We have continued to communicate with Parks Canada the need to correct inconsistencies in the enforcement of licensing requirements.
  11. We offered our first ever “Know Before You Go” avalanche education night as well as an AST1 course.
  12. We have created a couple new course to benefit members – Weather 101, Waterton Supplement course and a Map and Compass course.
  13. We sponsored numerous field trips and events to benefit members in both Banff and Jasper: