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Interpretive Guide Course Registration

CIG Texas State University FCL November 2023

November 28 - December 16, 2023
Texas State University Freeman Center Lodge
2101 Freeman Ranch Road (Multipurpose classroom) San Marcos, TX 78666
Instructors: Kristy Daniel
Registration Cost: $230 (The certificate is an additional $165)

Texas State University, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering a training course for individuals in the field of Interpretation. It is designed for individuals who deliver interpretive programs or have contact with the public at interpretive sites.

Course Options

There are two options for this course.
Option one: take the course without obtaining the CIG certificate.  
Option two: take the course and add the certificate as a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG). You will pay an additional fee for the certificate. The CIG lasts four years and comes with a complimentary one-year membership. If you are already a member of NAI we will extend your membership an additional year.

The CIG Program

The nationally recognized Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) certificate is designed for anyone in the interpretive field. Whether you’re a new hire, a professional looking to refresh your skills, or beginning a second career, this course will aid you in improving your presentation techniques. The course combines the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical strategies in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors.

This 32-hour course includes:

  • The history, definition, and principles of interpretation.
  • Techniques on how to make your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic.
  • How to use tangible objects to connect your audience to intangible ideas and universal concepts.
  • The 2 requirements needed to obtain a CIG (program outline, and 10 minute interpretive presentation).

Member Discount

Those choosing to apply for certification will receive 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 current membership. If you are registering for $0, your membership will become active when you are certified.

Further Information

This program will take place from 5:30-9:00pm on Tues/Thurs each week with a one-on-one zoom working session on Sat. 12/9 scheduled with a couch (between 9-4) and a final presentation showcase on Sat. 12/16 (9:00am-1:00pm).

For more information about the course, please contact Kristy Daniel at [email protected] or call (512) 245-7208.

Special Terms and Cancellations

Cancellations cannot be made by phone and must be emailed to [email protected]. Cancellations requested before November 12, 2023: will be subject to a $60 cancellation fee (unless the fees paid are less than $60); after this date no refunds will be issued.

11/28/2023 - 12/16/2023
Texas State University Freeman Center Lodge 2101 Freeman Ranch Road SAN MARCOS 78666
Online registration not available.

Please note that even if you do not owe payment today, you will have to hit the proceed to checkout button and complete the payment page (for $0 registrations, you will not be asked for a credit card to finish).

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