Certified Interpretive Guide Training Workshop

Certified Interpretive Guide Training Workshop
February 2-5, 2016
Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Charleston, SC

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation, is offering a professional certification course for individuals who will be delivering interpretive programs or having public contact at interpretive sites.

The CIG Program

The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. It combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors.

This 32-hour course includes:

  • history, definition, and principles of interpretation
  • making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic
  • using tangible objects to connect audiences to intangible ideas and universal concepts in interpretive programs
  • presentation and communication skills
  • certification requirements (open book exam; program outline; 10-min. presentation)
  • all materials, workbook, and CIG course textbook

Requirements for the CIG Course

Anyone age 16 or over with a desire to increase their knowledge and skills related to interpretation may participate. Membership in NAI is not required, but NAI members may pay a discounted fee to participate in the program. You can also elect to take the training without becoming certified.

Core Review Library Package

If you wish to purchase your own books, NAI offers a discounted package price if you are a current member or you purchase directly from your instructor. To order directly from NAI please visit www.interpnet.com/store. Order the "Core Review Library Package" and have the books shipped to you now. For current members or through the instructor the books are $107.00 as a non-member $135.00 plus shipping. I highly recommended reading the material in advance as it is a lot of material to cover and this will free up your evenings and allow you to focus more on class activities.

The texts used are:
Gifts of Interpretation (Cable & Beck)
Interpretation: Making a Difference on Purpose (Ham)
Personal Interpretation (Brochu/Merriman)
Interpreting our Heritage (Tilden)


To register for this class visit CCPRC’s online registration service GOnline and select course 42958 or call (843) 795-4386 and speak to a Customer Service Representative.

Further Information

For more information about the course, please contact Beth Burkett at bburkett@ccprc.com or call (843)762-9917.

Other Details

The Caw Caw Interpretive Center is located 30 minutes away from downtown Charleston. There are limited dining options near the park, so plan on packing a lunch for each day of the class. A 30 minute lunch break will be provided.

Course Overview


Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Charleston, SC


February 2-5, 2016


Click here.
(Select course 42958)

For More Information

Beth Burkett
(843) 762-9917