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Certificate of Interpretive Hosting (CIH™)

The Certificate of Interpretive Hosting (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, the certificate fee includes a one-year NAI membership.

Effective July 1, 2024

We work hard to keep costs as low as possible, but in order to remain financially sustainable, we have to consider the realities of rising costs. It’s been more than a decade since we’ve made comprehensive changes to our professional development offerings. We’re doing so now to make sure that what we’re charging for our courses reflects their value in the field, and to ensure that instructors are compensated fairly.

Our new pricing structure takes effect July 1, 2024, and will reflect a direct relationship between the number of contact hours and the cost of the course. Please note that all Certificate of Interpretive Hosting courses include a certificate upon completion.

$475 Regular Registration (includes a complimentary one-year NAI membership)
$400 with NAI Member Discount

For additional questions, please contact our Certificate Programs Administrator at [email protected].


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