Looking for Training?

Interpretation Canada specializes in ongoing professional development through conferences, our awards program, and various member resources.   If you are looking for an introductory training course, a certification program, or trainer to work with your staff, here are some options.  

 Although we do not formally evaluate the training listed here, we do require the following:

* Must be an interpretive organization, post-secondary institution, or interpretive consultant who specializes in heritage interpretation. 

* Training must be delivered in Canada. 

* Certification programs must require ongoing professional development and have an in-person training component.

* Interpretation Canada reserves the right to remove training programs from this list based on feedback from members.  

If you would like to be added to our list, and meet the above qualifications, please get in touch. Private consultants must be current IC members to be listed.  Listing is free of charge. 

Interpretive Organizations:

The Interpretive Guides Association (IGA) offers a series of training courses and exams designed to certify individuals as interpretive hiking, walking, snowshoeing, paddling, and tour guides. The certification programs they offer meet guiding industry standards and are recognized and required for all guides working in the Mountain West of Canada. To ensure all guests are safe and well taken care of in all 4 seasons here in Canada, the IGA offers group management guide training programs as well.  The Interpretive Guides Association is based in Canmore, Alberta, offering courses throughout the Canadian Rockies as well as other regions of Canada and the Netherlands.

L'Association québécoise des interprètes du patrimoine (AQIP) s'est donnée pour mission de faire connaître le métier d'interprète du patrimoine au Québec. Les formations offertes par l'AQIP sont animées par des formateurs compétents et passionnés, issus de son réseau. Ses formations peuvent être organisées pour une institution ou un regroupement de plusieurs organismes. Les dates et lieux sont définis avec ses formateurs, en fonction de vos besoins.

The U.S. based 
National Association for Interpretation (NAI) offers a range of training and certification programs.  Although most sessions are in the United States, NAI does sometimes offer workshops in Canada.

Interpretive Consultants:

Don Enright offers interpretive skills training ranging from half-day sessions to multi-day programs. Subjects include experiential program development, facilitated dialogue techniques, and interpretive theatre programming. Don also facilitates distance learning in interpretive skills through online learning management systems, webinars, and teleconferences.  

Cal Martin offers customized training packages and presentations through his interpretive consulting company, Frog in the Pocket. Cal is located near Ottawa, ON, and facilitates training throughout Canada‎ and beyond.

Jacquie Gilson, Doctor of Social Sciences, offers customized training in interpretive techniques that are visitor-oriented and inspiration-based, via face to face workshops or online webinars. Her specialties are participatory and dialogic interpretation, and fostering a Growth Mindset in staff. 

Colleges and Universities:

Lakehead University (Ontario)  offers courses in interpretation and guiding a part of its Outdoor Recreation program.

Algonquin College (Ontario) offers an Outdoor Adventure Naturalist program that includes interpretation training.

Fanshawe College (Ontario) offers a program in Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership.

Interpretation Canada c/o Kerry Wood Nature Centre 6300 45th Ave Red Deer, AB, Canada  T4N 3M4

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