Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course

Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course

Date / Time: December 10, 2019 4:00 pm
Location: Montana Natural History Center, Hickory Street, Missoula, MT, USA

Dates: Tuesdays, October 1- December 10

Time: 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., Missoula, MT

Calling all interpretive program educators, present and future! If you work, or plan to work, in museums, environmental education, field-based settings, or any educational capacity with the public, we have a fabulous professional development opportunity for you.

Learn to create, conduct, and evaluate interpretive presentations and programs, and gain the tools to make your programs shine with our Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course, which the Montana Natural History Center is offering this fall in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation(NAI).

Course Options

Option one: $235 enrollment fee. Take the course without obtaining certification.

Option two: $385 enrollment fee. Take the course and add certification as a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG). You will pay an additional fee for certification and you must complete an open book Core Literature Review exam. The CIG lasts four years and comes with a complimentary one-year membership. If you are already a member of NAI we will add your complimentary membership onto the end of your current membership.


The CIG Program
The nationally-recognized Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) program is designed for anyone in the interpretive field. Whether you’re a new hire, a professional looking to refresh your skills, or beginning a second career, this course will aid you in improving your presentation techniques, combining the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical strategies in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors.

This 32-hour course includes:

  • The history, definition, and principles of interpretation.
  • Techniques on how to make your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic.
  • How to use tangible objects to connect your audience to intangible ideas and universal concepts.
  • The 3 certification requirements needed to obtain a CIG (open book CORE Literature Review exam, program outline, and 10 minute interpretive presentation)

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