Interpretive Host Course (CIH™)

The Interpretive Host (CIH) course is designed for those who work at an interpretive site and have contact with the public but do not lead interpretive programs. During the course, you will participate in group activities and complete a video exam.

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Course Content

This 16-hour course covers:

  • The history, definition, and principles of interpretation
  • History and importance of public lands
  • How to provide great customer service
  • Hospitality and communication skills


After completing this course, you will have a basic knowledge of:

  • The history of the interpretive profession
  • The basic principles of interpretation
  • Using informal interpretation in communications
  • Providing excellent customer service


You must be at least 16 years old to register.

Registration Rates

$120 plus an additional $165 for the certificate of completion

Member Benefit

The certificate of completion includes a complimentary one year membership to NAI. Memberships will become active within a couple of weeks of registration and will allow you to purchase webinars and other registrations at the discounted member rate. Once memberships become active, you will receive a receipt via email letting you know that you are all set up. Current NAI members will receive a one year extension on their membership.

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Upcoming Interpretive Host Courses

North Carolina Zoo
December 4–December 11, 2023
Asheboro, NC, United States
Instructor(s): Beth Folta

12/4/2023 12:00:00 AM

Sedgwick County Zoo
December 18–December 19, 2023
Wichita, KS, United States
Instructor(s): Kara King

12/18/2023 12:00:00 AM

Windsor Community Recreation Center
March 23–March 24, 2024
Windsor, CO, United States
Instructor(s): Monique Thompson

3/23/2024 12:00:00 AM

Upcoming Online Interpretive Host Courses

Online Interpretive Host Course
February 20–February 23, 2024
Centerville, IN, United States
Instructor(s): Karin Hostetter

2/20/2024 12:00:00 AM