Interpretive Guide Course Registration

Virtual CIG Boston, MA March 2024

Course Dates: March 4-15, 2024
Instructor: Rita Poussaint Nethersole

About this 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. This course places special emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion and culturally sensitive interpretation for diverse urban audiences.

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 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.

Registration Rate

$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 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, March 4 through Friday, March 15, 1-5 pm EST. Students will have Saturday and Sunday March 9-10 off, as well as Thursday March 14 and we will re-convene on Friday, March 15 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.

Contact Information

Prior to the start of the course, you will receive information from your instructor on how the course will work and the times you will be meeting. For more information about the course, please contact Rita Poussaint Nethersole at 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.
If you need to cancel your registration, cancellations cannot be made by phone and must be emailed to Cancellations requested before February 27, 2024: will be subject to a $60 cancellation fee; after this date no refunds will be issued. If fees paid are less than $60, no refund will be issued.

3/4/2024 - 3/15/2024
Roxbury, MA 02119 UNITED STATES
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Certificate Fee

Select this option to add an application for CIG certification. A one-year complimentary membership is included.
Certificate Fee

Need to use a different card to pay for your certification fee?
If you need to pay with two cards, please register for the base registration and pay with the first card. Once you have completed the payment, come back to this registration page and add the certification fee. When you proceed to the payment page again, you will be asked to enter new payment information.

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