How do I host an NAI Certification or Training Course?

We are delighted that you might be interested in hosting an NAI training opportunity at your site/area. Please see below for the details on what to expect/how to schedule depending on the type of course you are hoping for.

Certified Interpretive Guide/Certified Interpretive Host

These courses are our most popular and are scheduled by contacting the CIG or CIH instructors directly. You can find a list of who is sanctioned to teach the CIG or CIH on our “See who’s certified" page. You can then search for instructors by state or last name and contact them directly. Please note hosts are required to pay for the travel costs for the instructor including room and board. To see the fees structure for these courses please go to the Certification and Training Fees page

Certified Interpretive Guide Train-the-Trainers/ Certified Interpretive Host Train-the-Trainers

These courses are designed for individuals who wish to teach the CIG and CIH course curriculum to others and certify them on NAI’s behalf. Participants also must be able to certify at the CIT level themselves. For more information on CIT prerequisites please visit the CIT page. The host generally needs 5-6 other individuals interested in taking the course prior to contacting NAI. They also receive a free registration for the course in exchange for a free meeting room with some limited audio visual (projector, screen, speakers). As these two train the trainer courses are a bit different, please read below for specifics regarding each course. NAI is also offering this workshop virtually. To attend the virtual offering, simply check for upcoming courses as there is no host needed for the online workshop.

The Certified Interpretive Guide Train-the-Trainers (CIGT) is a week-long course. Participants need to have already taken the CIG course previously or have enough interpretation and interpretive training experience to waive this prerequisite. NAI conducts 5-7 of these workshops per year and due to their popularity, we teach a CIGT in each NAI Region, every other year.

The Certified Interpretive Host Train-the-Trainers (CIHT) is a either a four day-long course or two-day course, depending on if the participant is already a CIGT or not. Folks that are new to being a trainer with us attend a four day course, learning the essentials of the CIH curriculum as well as NAI’s policies and procedures. Individuals who are current CIG Trainers, come for two days of the course to add on the ability to teach the CIH. As this course is requested less frequently than the CIGT, NAI will conduct this course wherever there may be demand and generally offers 2-4 of these workshops per year.

For more information/to schedule either a CIGT or CIHT, please contact the Certification and Training Program Manager at ejacobs@interpnet.com.

Coaching Interpreters Workshop

This three-day course is taught throughout the country and at a variety of sites. The host generally needs 5-6 other individuals interested in taking the course prior to contacting NAI and receives a free seat in the course in exchange for a free meeting room with some limited audio visual (projector, screen, speakers). The host also provides/schedules an interpretive program on the third day for course participants to observe and coach. For more information on how to schedule, please contact the Certification and Training Program Manager at ejacobs@interpnet.com.

Social Interpretation

This two-day long course is taught throughout the country and at a variety of sites. The host generally needs 5-6 other individuals interested in taking the course prior to contacting NAI and receives two free seats in the course in exchange for a free meeting room with some limited audio visual (projector, screen, speakers). For more information or to schedule, please contact our Deputy Director at pcaputo@interpnet.com.

Process of Interpretive Planning

This week-long course takes place at various sites across the country that are undergoing an interpretive planning process and/or are planning to develop their own site’s interpretive plan. The host receives a free seat in the course in exchange for a free meeting room with some limited audio visual (projector, screen, speakers). Additionally, the host generally needs 5-6 other individuals interested in taking the course prior to contacting us. NAI is also offering this workshop virtually. To attend the virtual offering, simply check for upcoming courses as there is no host needed for the online workshop. For more information or to schedule, please contact Certification and Training Program Manager at ejacobs@interpnet.com.