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.
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.
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.