Membership FAQ’s

How much is membership?

  • Individual Membership: $79.95 (plus GST)
  • Corporate Membership: $199 (plus GST)

For more information about types of memberships, please click here

How long does a membership last?

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. (not being charged during the Covid-19 pandemic)

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) http://www.interpretiveguides.org/join.php.
  2. Email Money Transfer. Send to accounting@interpretiveguides.org. 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 get a refund for the membership or administration fee payment I made?

All membership and administration fees are non-refundable.

Can I use the Interpretive Guides Association Logo?

See Guidelines for use of logo

Why should I renew my membership?

  • To support the organization that has been established to support you, Interpretive guides and the guiding community.
  • To maintain your status as a certified guide in good standing with the interpretive guide association.
  • 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 at meetings with government, municipalities, other guide associations and tourism throughout Canada and around the world.

What happens if I do not renew my membership?

You will not be listed on www.interpretiveguides.org as an “active” guide, you will not maintain your certification 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.

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’ve created a 4-season Group Management course and are now training guides to be well prepared to take care of their guests in the winter months.
  13. We have created a couple new course to benefit members – Weather 101, Waterton Supplement course and a Map and Compass course.
  14. We sponsored numerous field trips and events to benefit members in both Banff and Jasper.
  15. We offered our first ever “Know Before You Go” avalanche education night as well as an AST1 course.
  16. We have created a couple new course to benefit members – Weather 101, Waterton Supplement course and a Map and Compass course.
  17. We sponsored numerous field trips and events to benefit members in both Banff and Jasper.
  18. We offered our first even Wild About Nature public open house and professional development day.
  19. We are expanding and growing – We’ve offered new courses in East Kootenay’s, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in the Yukon and in The Netherlands.
  20. We are in the process of development for our Wests Coast course and plan to offer it in Tofino shortly.
  21. Our ED has presented and held workshops in Italy, France, Orlando and Ontario to showcase the IGA and interpretive guides in Canada.