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

This is a training level certification for front-line interpreters just starting in the field or those who would like a refresher on the fundamentals. The CIG page will give you more information.

Certified Interpretive Host Courses

This is a training level certification for staff or volunteers who have contact with the public, but do not lead interpretive programs. The CIH page will give you more information.

Certified Interpretive Guide Train the Trainer Courses

This is a required training for those who want to be sanctioned to teach our Certified Interpretive Guide courses. Participants also will work on several components necessary for them to apply for the Certified Interpretive Trainer certification during the workshop. For more information please go to the CIGT page.

Certified Interpretive Host Train the Trainer Courses

This is a required training for those who want to be sanctioned to teach our Certified Interpretive Host courses. Participants can be current CIG Trainers who want to add on the ability to teach the CIH, or folks who are only interested in teaching/certifying the CIH on NAI’s behalf. For more information please go to the CIHT page.

Training

Social Interpretation

Social Interpretation focuses on using basic principles of interpretation as a guide to creating effective non-personal and social media. For more information please go to the Social Interpretation page.

Process of Interpretive Planning

Our week-long Process of Interpretive Planning (PIP) course takes you through the entire process of developing an interpretive plan and providing instruction and practical experience on each major section of a plan. For more information please go to the PIP page.

Coaching Interpreters Workshop

This 3-day course will help you learn new coaching tools such as language and methods, to review and help develop the interpreters you supervise. For more information please go to the CIW page.

Webinars

Each month, NAI conducts at least two webinars with one focused on front line skills and another for individuals working in the fields of interpretive management, planning, media, etc.

Book Club

NAI chooses four-six books/year to read and discuss which will benefit different types of interpreters. Participants obtain the book on their own and gather together via conference call to share their thoughts and insights.  For more information and to sign up for the next book reading please go to the Book Club page.

Certified Interpretive Guide Courses

Virtual Certified Interpretive Guide Courses

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAI is allowing the CIG to be taught virtually for a limited time. The certification requirements are the same as a face to face offering and please note the location of your instructor as this may conflict with your time zone/location.

June 7-18, 2021
Instructor: Clark Hancock, Austin, TX

June 21-27, 2021
Instructor: Kristin Robinson, Bethel, CT


July 6-14, 2021
Instructor: Yvette Mendez, Brookfield, IL

July 12-18, 2021
Instructor: Kristin Robinson, Bethel, CT

July 12-23, 2021
Instructor: Mara Koenig, Bloomington, MN


July 12 - August 16, 2021
Instructor: Nikki Julien, Payson, AZ

July 12 - August 6, 2021
Instructor: Bob Carter, Pekin, IL

July 19-28, 2021 
Instructor: Tim Merriman, Kealakekua, HI

August 2-8, 2021
Instructor: Kristin Robinson, Bethel, CT

August 2-26, 2021
Instructor: Yvette Mendez, Brookfield, IL 

August 17-25, 2021
Instructor: Yvette Mendez, Brookfield, IL 


August 25 - October 27, 2021
Instructor: Nikki Julien, Payson, AZ


In-Person Certified Interpretive Guide Courses


August 16-19, 2021 | Milford, OH
Cincinnati Nature Center

October 14-17, 2021 |Columbus, OH
The Ohio State University


Certified Interpretive Host Courses


Check back soon for more offerings in 2021!


Courses Offered by the NAI National Office

Workshops can be requested by contacting NAI at 888-900-8283. 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.

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.

Virtual Certified Interpretive Guide Train-the-Trainers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAI is offering the CIG Train the Trainers virtually for a limited time. The certification requirements are the same as a face to face offering.
Check back soon for more offerings in 2021!


Virtual
Certified Interpretive Host Train-the-Trainers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAI is offering the CIH Train the Trainers virtually for a limited time. The certification requirements are the same as a face to face offering.

Check back soon for more offerings in 2021!


Social Interpretation

Check back soon for more offerings in 2021!


Virtual
 Process of Interpretive Planning

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAI is offering the Process of Interpretive Planning virtually for a limited time.

Check back soon for more offerings in 2021!


Coaching Interpreters Workshop

Check back soon for more offerings in 2021!