January 8-19, 2024
Instructor: Rita Poussaint Nethersole
About the Course
The nationally recognized Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) program is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about how to develop and lead interpretive programs. This course will introduce you to the history, definitions, and principles of interpretation. During the course, you will develop a program outline and deliver a 10-minute thematic presentation, all with the support of your instructor(s) and fellow participants. You will learn how to make your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic, and leave ready to facilitate meaningful experiences that inspire engagement with the world around us.
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 comes with a complimentary one year membership. If you are already a member of NAI we will add your complimentary membership onto the end of your current membership.
$235; the certificate is an additional $165
Platform and Access
You will need a computer or laptop with camera and microphone, with excellent Internet access, and the ability to login to Zoom.com for the online training. A smartphone or tablet is a useful backup device for emergencies, but should not be your primary access tool. For co-workers taking the course together, please note that you will each need your own device (computer or tablet) for breakout groups. Though international participants are welcome, all sessions and presentations are in English.
Schedule and Course Info
This 32 hour course will take place Monday, January 8 through Friday, January 19, 1-5 pm EST. Students will have Saturday and Sunday January 13-14 off, as well as Thursday January 18 and we will re-convene on Friday, January 19 for students’ final presentations; Please note that the last day often runs a bit over. Please allow some flexibility on that day. Students must attend all classes synchronously on Zoom, including the presentations of the other students to qualify for certification.
Rita Poussaint Nethersole combines a background in higher education with heritage interpretation. She holds degrees in Afro-American Studies, Higher Education Administration, and Critical and Creative Thinking. She has over 25 years of experience as an Animal Care Keeper Aide, Interpretive Guide, and Interpretive Trainer at Franklin Park Zoo/Zoo New England.
For more information about the course, please contact Rita Poussaint Nethersole at email@example.com or call (617) 699-0100.
Special Terms and Cancellations
Courses may be canceled due to low enrollment. In the event that this course is canceled, NAI will contact you and you will receive a full refund.
Cancellations cannot be made by phone and must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellations requested before January 1, 2024: will be subject to a $60 cancellation fee (unless the fees paid are less than $60); after this date no refunds will be issued.