Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course
May 11-14, 2020
North Tahoe Event Center
8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, CA 96143
Instructors: Stephanie Ambrosia
Registration Cost: $235 (Certification is an additional $150)
California State Parks, Lake Tahoe & Sierra State Parks Foundation, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering a 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. Courtesy campsite reservations may be possible through California State Parks for a minimal fee per night. Please contact the course instructor for more information.
There are two options for this course.
Option one: take the course without obtaining certification.
Option two: take the course and add certification as a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG). You will pay an additional fee for certification and you must complete an open book Core Literature Review exam. 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 32-hour 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 3 certification requirements needed to obtain a CIG (open book CORE Literature Review exam, program outline, and 10 minute interpretive presentation).
Texts Used in the Workshop
During this course, the books on interpretation listed below will be mentioned and some of their ideas explored. They are what the open book Core Literature Review exam covers and are useful texts for any interpreter to read. You are not required to purchase these texts for the course and a loaner set of these books will be provided by your instructor during the class for those who choose to add certification. If you would like to buy your own set for use during the class or for your own library, you can order them from NAI’s online store as individual books or as a package and listed under “Core Review Library Package”. Click here to go to the NAI Store.
Member Discount: Those choosing to apply for certification will receive a complimentary one year membership to NAI. Memberships will become active within a couple of days of registration and will allow you to purchase course books 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 setup. Current NAI members will receive a one year extension on their current membership. If you are registering for $0, your membership will become active when you are certified.
The texts are:
- Interpreting Our Heritage, by Freeman Tilden (4th Edition, U. of North Carolina Press, 2007)
- The Gifts of Interpretation, by Larry Beck and Ted Cable (Sagamore Publishing, 2011)
- Personal Interpretation: Connecting Your Audience to Heritage Resources, by Lisa Brochu and Tim Merriman (National Association for Interpretation, 2015)
- Interpretation: Making a Difference on Purpose, by Sam H. Ham (Fulcrum, 2013)
For more information about the course, please contact Stephanie Ambrosia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 489-8909 (email is best before January 2020).
Location & Lodging
Lake Tahoe is a world-renowned outdoor playground, known for its popular ski resorts and dramatic alpine landscapes. The weather may be cold and snowy in May. Lodging along the lake shore can be limited so we recommend early booking if possible. One option is Tahoe Vistana Inn, located about 1 mile from the classroom site. They are offering course participants a 15-20% discount on room rates; please call ( to reserve. Aside from traditional hotel accommodations, Airbnb and VRBO also offer a variety of options.
Host organization: Sierra State Parks Foundation
Instructor’s agency: California State Parks, Lake Tahoe Sector
Host site & info on North Lake Tahoe: North Tahoe Event Center
Special Terms and Cancellations
Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by April 28, 2020. A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 will be assessed. Emailed cancellations should be sent to email@example.com. Cancellations cannot be made by phone.
No refunds will be given after April 28, 2020.