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.

February 13 - February 20, 2023
Instructor(s): Yvette M. Mendez
Brookfield, IL,

2/13/2023 12:00:00 AM

February 16 - February 19, 2023
Instructor(s): Kristin Robinson
Bethel, CT, United States

2/16/2023 12:00:00 AM

February 21 - March 16, 2023
Instructor(s): Nicole Marie Julien
Payson, AZ, United States

2/21/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 6 - March 17, 2023
Instructor(s): Rita Poussaint Nethersole
Roxbury, MA, United States

3/6/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 6 - March 14, 2023
Instructor(s): Kristin Robinson
Bethel, CT, United States

3/6/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 20 - March 31, 2023
Instructor(s): Lisa Borok
Placerville, CA, United States

3/20/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 28 - April 20, 2023
Instructor(s): Nicole Marie Julien
Payson, AZ, United States

3/28/2023 12:00:00 AM

April 3 - May 22, 2023
Instructor(s): Robert L. Carter
Pekin, IL, United States

4/3/2023 12:00:00 AM

April 3 - April 9, 2023
Instructor(s): Megan Trumper
Gig Harbor, WA, United States

4/3/2023 12:00:00 AM

May 1 - May 11, 2023
Instructor(s): Tim F. Merriman
Captain Cook, HI, United States

5/1/2023 12:00:00 AM

May 16 - June 10, 2023
Instructor(s): Nikki Rohde
Mesa, AZ, United States

5/16/2023 12:00:00 AM

July 10 - August 14, 2023
Instructor(s): Robert L. Carter
Pekin, IL, United States

7/10/2023 12:00:00 AM

September 12 - October 5, 2023
Instructor(s): Robert L. Carter
Pekin, IL, United States

9/12/2023 12:00:00 AM

In-Person Certified Interpretive Guide Courses

February 10 - February 13, 2023
Witt Stephens, Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
Little Rock, AR, United States
Instructor(s): Jay S. Miller

2/10/2023 12:00:00 AM

February 20 - February 23, 2023
Virginia Zoo
Norfolk, VA, United States
Instructor(s): Kate Reichert

2/20/2023 12:00:00 AM

February 20 - February 24, 2023
Canalway Center
Cleveland, OH, United States
Instructor(s): Beth Joyave

2/20/2023 12:00:00 AM

February 27 - March 2, 2023
Utahs Hogle Zoo
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Instructor(s): Suzanne Zgraggen

2/27/2023 12:00:00 AM

February 27 - March 2, 2023
Five Rivers MetroParks
Dayton, OH, United States
Instructor(s): Joshua York

2/27/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 1 - March 22, 2023
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
Bolingbrook, IL, United States
Instructor(s): Rebecca J. S. Lambert

3/1/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 6 - March 10, 2023
Lincoln Park Zoo
Chicago, IL, United States
Instructor(s): Heather Brousalis

3/6/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 7 - March 28, 2023
Revolution Park Sports Academy
Charlotte, NC, United States
Instructor(s): Matthew William Morgan

3/7/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 7 - March 10, 2023
South Platte Park
Littleton, CO, United States
Instructor(s): Cynthia Robinson

3/7/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 12 - April 2, 2023
Historic Congressional Cemetery
Washington, DC, United States
Instructor(s): Sarah Kirspel

3/12/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 20 - March 24, 2023
Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, IL, United States
Instructor(s): Yvette Mendez

3/20/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 21 - March 24, 2023
The Watershed Education Center
Boise, ID, United States
Instructor(s): James L. Little

3/21/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 21 - March 24, 2023
History Center Of Olmstead County
Rochester, MN, United States
Instructor(s): Jane Beattie

3/21/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 23 - March 28, 2023
Avery Research Center For African American History
Charleston, SC, United States
Instructor(s): Erica Veal

3/23/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 24 - March 27, 2023
Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest
Clermont, KY, United States
Instructor(s): Patty Wren Smith

3/24/2023 12:00:00 AM

April 17 - April 20, 2023
A Naturalist's World
Gardiner, MT, United States
Instructor(s): Brad Bulin

4/17/2023 12:00:00 AM

May 15 - May 18, 2023
Flathead Valley Community College
Kalispell, MT, United States
Instructor(s): Christiane Hinterman

5/15/2023 12:00:00 AM

May 30 - June 2, 2023
Oxley Nature Center
Tulsa, OK, United States
Instructor(s): Donna Horton

5/30/2023 12:00:00 AM

August 21 - August 24, 2023
Cincinnati Nature Center
Milford, OH, United States
Instructor(s): Jason Neumann

8/21/2023 12:00:00 AM

November 27 - November 30, 2023
Oxley Nature Center
Tulsa, OK, United States
Instructor(s): Donna Horton

11/27/2023 12:00:00 AM

Certified Interpretive Host Courses

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

February 11 - February 12, 2023
Steele/Burnand Desert Research Center
Borrego Springs, CA, United States
Instructor(s): Dave Duncan

2/11/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 1 - March 3, 2023
Sugar Creek Preserve
Joliet, IL, United States
Instructor(s): Jessica Prince

3/1/2023 12:00:00 AM

March 2 - March 3, 2023
Oxley Nature Center
Tulsa, OK, United States
Instructor(s): Donna Horton

3/2/2023 12:00:00 AM

June 27 - June 28, 2023
Brookfield Zoo
Chicago, IL, United States
Instructor(s): Andre Copeland

6/27/2023 12:00:00 AM

September 7 - September 8, 2023
Oxley Nature Center
Tulsa, OK, United States
Instructor(s): Donna Horton

9/7/2023 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

April 24 - 28, 2023
Instructor: Jane Beattie
Regina, SK Canada

VIRTUAL Certified Interpretive Guide Train-the-Trainers

February 6 - 17, 2023
Instructor(s): Karin Hostetter and Chuck Lennox

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 

January 25 - February 1, 2023
Instructor(s): André Copeland and Fran McReynolds
Brookfield, IL


Process of Interpretive Planning

In-Person Process of Interpretive Planning

March 20 - 24, 2023
Instructor: Dave Bucy
Wilmington, DE

June 19 - 23, 2023
Instructor: Dave Bucy
Burlington, ON Canada

VIRTUAL Process of Interpretive Planning

February 27 - March 7, 2023
Instructor: Dave Bucy

Coaching Interpreters Workshop

In-Person Coaching Interpreters Workshop

Check back for more offerings to be posted soon!
 

VIRTUAL Coaching Interpreters Workshop

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