Certification and Training Calendar

Our professional development courses are split into two groups, Certification and Training. Depending on the level (training or professional level), certification can either be obtained through a workshop or through a peer review process. The entry level certification courses below (CIG/CIH) help students to complete some of the required portions of their certifications, while Training courses offer the chance to expand your knowledge in that a specific topic area. Please take a look at the Course Listings below for courses available in your area.  This course list is updated weekly. 

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What Certifications Do We Offer?   
What Trainings Do We Offer?   

Certification

Certified Interpretive Guide™ Courses
Certified Interpretive Host™ Courses
Certified Interpretive Guide Train the Trainer™ Courses
Certified Interpretive Host Train the Trainer™ Courses

Training

Process of Interpretive Planning
Coaching Interpreters Workshop
Webinars
Book Club

Certified Interpretive Guide Courses

Virtual Certified Interpretive Guide Courses

The certification requirements in a virtual course are the same as an in-person offering. Please note the location of your instructor as this may conflict with your time zone/location.

August 22 - August 30, 2022
Instructor(s): Kristin Robinson
Bethel, CT, United States

8/22/2022 12:00:00 AM

September 12 - September 19, 2022
Instructor(s): Yvette M. Mendez
Brookfield, IL, United States

9/12/2022 12:00:00 AM

September 12 - September 21, 2022
Instructor(s): Tim F. Merriman
Captain Cook, HI, United States

9/12/2022 12:00:00 AM

September 12 - September 18, 2022
Instructor(s): Kristin Robinson
Bethel, CT, United States

9/12/2022 12:00:00 AM

October 3 - October 14, 2022
Instructor(s): Rita Poussaint Nethersole
Roxbury, MA, United States

10/3/2022 12:00:00 AM

October 4 - October 27, 2022
Instructor(s): Nicole Marie Julien
Payson, AZ, United States

10/4/2022 12:00:00 AM

November 8 - December 8, 2022
Instructor(s): Nicole Marie Julien
Payson, AZ, United States

11/8/2022 12:00:00 AM

January 23 - January 28, 2023
Instructor(s): Maria Elena Muriel
Cabo San Lucas, , Mexico

1/23/2023 12:00:00 AM

In-Person Certified Interpretive Guide Courses

August 22 - August 25, 2022
Cincinnati Nature Center
Milford, OH, United States
Instructor(s): Jason Neumann

8/22/2022 12:00:00 AM

August 22 - August 25, 2022
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
Draper, UT, United States
Instructor(s): Dan Albro

8/22/2022 12:00:00 AM

August 22 - August 26, 2022
Saint Louis Zoo
Saint Louis, MO, United States
Instructor(s): Hannah Phillips

8/22/2022 12:00:00 AM

October 3 - October 6, 2022
Gulf State Park
Gulf Shores, AL, United States
Instructor(s): Jay S. Miller

10/3/2022 12:00:00 AM

October 13 - October 16, 2022
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, United States
Instructor(s): Susan Rasche

10/13/2022 12:00:00 AM

October 23 - October 26, 2022
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa
Tucson, AZ, United States
Instructor(s): Michael Stuckey

10/23/2022 12:00:00 AM

October 31 - November 3, 2022
The Watershed Education Center
Boise, ID, United States
Instructor(s): James Little

10/31/2022 12:00:00 AM

November 8 - November 11, 2022
South Platte Park
Littleton, CO, United States
Instructor(s): Skot Latona, Cindy Robison

11/8/2022 12:00:00 AM

November 12 - November 25, 2022
Lees-McRae College
Banner Elk, NC, United States
Instructor(s): Dottie Shuman

11/12/2022 12:00:00 AM

November 14 - November 17, 2022
NC Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores
Atlantic Beach, NC, United States
Instructor(s): Rhana Paris

11/14/2022 12:00:00 AM

December 5 - December 8, 2022
Oxley Nature Center
Tulsa, OK, United States
Instructor(s): Donna Horton

12/5/2022 12:00:00 AM

Certified Interpretive Host Courses

All Certified Interpretive Host courses happen in-person and are not available virtually at this time.

September 6 - September 7, 2022
Oxley Nature Center
Tulsa, OK, United States
Instructor(s): Donna Horton

9/6/2022 12:00:00 AM

September 6 - September 7, 2022
Clark Planetarium
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Instructor(s): Suzanne Zgraggen

9/6/2022 12:00:00 AM

October 21 - October 22, 2022
Goliad State Park
Goliad, TX, United States
Instructor(s): Clark Hancock

10/21/2022 12:00:00 AM

October 22 - October 23, 2022
Oxley Nature Center
Tulsa, OK, United States
Instructor(s): Donna Horton

10/22/2022 12:00:00 AM

December 5 - December 12, 2022
NC Zoo
Asheboro, NC, United States
Instructor(s): Beth Folta

12/5/2022 12:00:00 AM

Courses Offered by the NAI National Office

Workshops can be requested by contacting NAI at (888) 900-8283 ext.803. Professional categories of Certified Interpretive Trainer, Certified Interpretive Planner, Certified Interpretive Manager, and Certified Heritage Interpreter do not require attendance at a workshop to apply for or achieve certification. See certification handbook for details. However, the Certified Interpretive Guide Train the Trainers workshop or Certified Interpretive Host Train the Trainers workshop is required for anyone who wants to train others using NAI's CIG or CIH curricula.

Certified Interpretive Guide Train-the-Trainer

NAI teaches 5-7 CIG Train-the-Trainer and 3-4 CIH Train-the-Trainer workshops per year. Please stay tuned to this website for additional dates as they are posted once confirmed.

In-Person Certified Interpretive Guide Train-the-Trainers

September 12 - 16, 2022
Instructors: Jane Beattie
Great Falls, MT

VIRTUAL Certified Interpretive Guide Train-the-Trainers

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Certified Interpretive Host Train-the-Trainer

In-Person Certified Interpretive Host Train-the-Trainers 

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VIRTUAL Certified Interpretive Host Train-the-Trainers 

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Process of Interpretive Planning

In-Person Process of Interpretive Planning

 

VIRTUAL Process of Interpretive Planning

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Coaching Interpreters Workshop

In-Person Coaching Interpreters Workshop

October 25-27, 2022
Instructor: Emily Jacobs
Rogers, AR

VIRTUAL Coaching Interpreters Workshop

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