How do I host a course?
Thank you for your interest in hosting an NAI course at your site. NAI offers a variety of professional development opportunities that help interpreters advance their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Each course NaI offers is described below, along with details on how to schedule that course and what to expect as a host site.
Certified Interpretive Guide™/Certified Interpretive Host™
NAI’s Certified Interpretive Guide™ (CIG) and Certified Interpretive Host™ (CIT) courses are our most popular and provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of interpretation. To schedule a CIG or CIH course, you must contact a CIG or CIH instructor directly. A list of who is sanctioned to teach CIG or CIH courses can be found on our See who’s certified page. There, you can search for instructors by state or last name and contact them directly. Host sites should plan to pay for an instructor’s travel costs.
Certified Interpretive Guide Train-the-Trainer™/ Certified Interpretive Host Train-the-Trainer™
NAI’s Certified Interpretive Guide Train-the-Trainer™ and Certified Interpretive Host Train-the-Trainer™ courses are for individuals who wish to teach the CIG or CIH curriculum to others and award certificates on behalf of NAI. In order to enroll in a Train-the-Trainer course, interested instructors must have taken the course they wish to teach: CIG or CIH, and already be a Certified Interpretive Trainer™ (CIT) with NAI. For more information on CIT prerequisites visit the CIT page.
The Certified Interpretive Guide Train-the-Trainer course is a five-day course, which covers essentials for teaching the CIG curriculum as well as NAI's policies and procedures. NAI aims to offer several of these workshops per year. Due to their popularity, we also try to schedule one in each NAI Region, every other year.
The Certified Interpretive Host Train-the-Trainer™ is either a four-day course or a two-day course, depending on if participants are already CIG Trainers or not. New trainers attend a four-day course to learn the essentials for teaching the CIH curriculum as well as NAI’s policies and procedures. Individuals who are current CIG Trainers attend a two-day course to add on the ability to teach the CIH curriculum. As this course is requested less frequently than the CIG Train-the-Trainer course, NAI will conduct this course wherever there may be demand and generally offers a couple of these courses per year.
Sites interested in hosting either of these courses should contact NAI by emailing email@example.com. To ensure a course will run, it is recommended that interested host sites solicit five individuals interested in taking the course before contacting NAI. Host sites receive one free registration in the course they are hosting in exchange for providing a meeting space for course participants, A/V equipment, and light refreshments each day of the course.
The Coaching Interpreters course is designed to help interpreters both learn and hone their coaching skills. This is a three-day course with a practicum component where participants are asked to observe an interpreter leading a program and provide them with feedback. Therefore, the host site should be able to provide and schedule an interpretive program on the third day of the course.
Sites interested in hosting this course can contact NAI by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure a course will run, it is recommended that host sites solicit five individuals interested in taking the course prior to contacting NAI. Host sites receive one free registration in the course in exchange for providing a meeting space for course participants, A/V equipment, and light refreshments each day of the course.
Process of Interpretive Planning
The Process of Interpretive Planning course builds participants' understanding of interpretive planning through practical experience, so that they leave the course ready to create visitor-centered interpretive plans. This is a five-day-course, during which participants utilize the host site to develop key elements of an interpretive plan. Therefore, the host site must be undergoing interpretive planning or be ready to develop an interpretive plan for their site.
Sites interested in hosting this course can contact NAI by emailing email@example.com. Host sites must solicit five individuals interested in taking the course prior to contacting NAI. Host sites receive one free registration in the course in exchange for providing a meeting space for course participants, A/V equipment, and light refreshments each day of the course.