CIG The Living Desert August 2016

Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course

August 16-19, 2016
The Living Desert
47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA  92260 
Instructors: Ramina Arce and Michelle Moe

The Living Desert, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation, is offering an interpretive guide training course for individuals who will be delivering interpretive programs or having public contact at interpretive sites.

This course is required to obtain guide certification. Those who take the course have the option to become certified by taking the certification exam at the end of the course and paying the additional certification fee.

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 and communication techniques. The course combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical strategies 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 and workbook

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.

Additional Resources

If you wish to purchase your own Core Literature Review books, please visit the NAI store. The books are $109.00 for current members and $137.00 for non-members plus shipping (prices subject to change). You may wish to purchase the books after you have paid for your registration to this workshop and receive the discounted member rate. It will take a couple of business days for your membership prices to become active. It is recommended that you look over the material in advance to allow you to focus more on class activities during the workshop.

All materials included in your course will be shipped to your instructor.

Texts used are:

  • The Gifts of Interpretation (Larry Beck and Ted Cable)
  • Interpretation: Making a Difference on Purpose (Sam Ham)
  • Personal Interpretation (Lisa Brochu and Tim Merriman)
  • Interpreting our Heritage (Freeman Tilden)

Further Information

For more information about the course, please contact Ramina Arce at or call (760) 346-5694 ext. 2505.

Registration Rates for Interpretive Guide Training Course
Early (By July 31, 2016): $265
Regular: $290
Add Certification: $150

Special Terms and Cancellation
Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by July 31, 2016; a nonrefundable processing fee of $50.00 will be assessed. Emailed cancellations should be sent to Cancellations cannot be made by phone.

No refunds will be given after July 31, 2016.
8/16/2016 - 8/19/2016
The Living Desert 47900 Portola Ave. Palm Desert, CA 92260 UNITED STATES
Online registration not available.

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