November 27- December 8, 2023
Instructor: Rita Poussaint Nethersole
Registration Cost: $235 (The certificate is an additional $165)
The National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering an online 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. This course will be a combination of online instruction and virtual meetings with your instructor. Note, this course is designed to cover all the same material and requirements as the in-person Certified Interpretive Guide course and the certification awarded is the same as our face to face offerings. 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.
Please note: if you register for this course less than two weeks prior to the start, you may receive your CIG Workbook late due to current shipping times. Please make sure your shipping address is up-to-date on your account.
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 add your complimentary membership onto the end of your current membership.
The CIG Program
The nationally recognized Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) program 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 course places special emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion and culturally sensitive interpretation for diverse urban audiences.
This virtual 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).
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 make NAI purchases 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.
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.
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.
Schedule and Course Info
This 32 hour course will take place Monday, November 27 through Friday, December 8 from 1 to 5 ET. Students will have Saturday and Sunday December 2-3 off, as well as Thursday, December 7 and we will re-convene on Friday, December 8 for students’ final presentations. Please note that the last day often runs a bit over. Please allow for some flexibility on that day. Students must attend all classes synchronously on Zoom, including the presentations of the other students to qualify for certification.
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 Nethersole at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617 699-0100.
Special Terms and Cancellations
Participants are allowed to transfer one time at no charge. Cancellation and transfer requests cannot be made by phone and must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by November 12, 2023. Cancellations processed before the cancellation deadline will be subject to a $60 cancellation fee (if fees paid are less than $60, no refund will be processed). Cancellations made after this date will not receive a refund. Emailed cancellations and transfers should be sent to email@example.com.