Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
You should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
- The history of the interpretive profession
- The basic principles of interpretation
- Current literature in the interpretive field
- Leadership and supervision
- Staff evaluation and coaching
- Budget management and fiscal responsibility
- Strategic planning
- Collaborating with partners and interested parties
How do I become a CIM?
To become a CIM, you will need to show proof of eligibility for the credential, complete an online application, and pay an application fee.
In order to apply for professional certification, you must demonstrate your eligibility either through work experience, academic study, or a combination of both.
- Work experience: the completion of a total of four years (8,000 hours) experience in the category for which certification is requested
- Academic experience: the completion of a degree in science, business, arts, or an area relevant/related to the field of interpretation
- Combination of experience: the completion of a degree in science, business, arts, or an area relevant/related to the field of interpretation and 5,000 hours of experience in the category for which certification is requested
CIM applicants will receive an application packet outlining specific requirements and instructions for completion. In general, applicants will need to submit:
- Answers to a 50 question, open book literature review
- Answer four of six essay questions (500 words or less)
- Two examples of management products you have created (i.e. budgets, grant proposals, etc.)
- 20-30 minute video of a management meeting or business plan presentation you led
$125 NAI Member
$200 Non-member (includes a complimentary one-year NAI membership)
Payment must be made in order for you to receive your application packet.
This certification is valid for four years. To recertify you must:
- Obtain 40 continuing education hours every four years