Standards & Practices

As part of NAI’s current strategic plan, the organization is undertaking a full certification and national standards review. To initiate this work an open meeting on national standards occurred in Denver at NAI’s National Conference in November 2014. Attendees included NAI members, academic professors, board members, NAI staff, and agency representatives (NPS, USFS, FWS, etc.). The group discussed current research and work done around interpretive standards, focusing on a recent needs assessment done by Clemson University for the National Park Service as well as NAI’s current certification program. A smaller task force was created from those present at the Denver meeting with the goal of identifying research needed to help guide the updating of NAI's certification standards. As of April 2015 the task force has met twice; NAI’s intent is to have a Request for Proposals for this research out by late Summer/early Fall. For more information, contact Emily Jacobs, NAI Certification and Training Program Manager at ejacobs@interpnet.com.

Standards & Practices Documents

In 2007, the NAI Board of Directors mapped a strategic plan for the profession that included a strategic vision that the interpretive profession will have a foundation of universally accepted standards. To that end, a focus group of individuals representing the diversity within NAI's membership was assembled and contributed to documentation of preferred practices for interpretive organizations. NAI currently offers four documents that address, good, better, and best practices.


Academic Curricula for Interpretation

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Interpretive Methods

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Interpretive Organizations

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Interpretive Planning

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