Certified Interpretive Guide

Our Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) certification is a training level certification designed for interpreters who are seasonal, temporary, new hires, or volunteers just starting in the field or for those who would like a refresher on the fundamentals. If you conduct tours, demonstrations, lead hikes and other recreational activities, present living history programs, etc. then this is the certification to start with. Since this is a training level certification, you must complete a 32-hour course. 

What are the benefits of being a CIG?

  • Certification helps you cultivate and build a professional self-image. 
  • Learning presentation skills will increase your confidence in working with the public.
  • The opportunity to network and build community with others in your field.
  • Certification makes you more competitive and may improve your chances of being hired or getting a promotion. Many agencies are listing as a preferred qualification the CIG certification. Please see the Why Certify? page.
  • The process of becoming certified and maintaining the designation provides incentives to continue professional development.

What are the Outcomes of the CIG course?

You will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:

  • The history of the interpretive profession.
  • The basic principles of interpretation.
  • Current literature in the interpretive field.
  • Creating a program outline and presenting a thematic interpretive presentation with the following elements:
    - audience
    - goal(s)
    - measurable objective(s)
    - mission
    - theme
    - introduction
    - subthemes
    - conclusion

What are the prerequisites for earning the CIG?

You must be at least 16-years old to take the course and attempt certification. 

How do I get certified as a CIG? 

  1. Sign up for a course on our Certification and Training Calendar.  
  2. Attend the course.
  3. Complete with a passing score the three elements for certification during the course (Program Outline, 10-minute Presentation, and Open-book Literature Review).

Your Interpretive Journey

The Certified Interpretive Guide is just the first step in your career to building a foundation of knowledge to make you a true professional. Here are some additional trainings that you can take after you certify as a CIG to build your skills: