CIG Florida Public Archaeology Network Center October 2020

Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course

October 19-22, 2020
Florida Public Archaeology Network Center
207 E. Main Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Instructors: Brian Mast and Megan Trumper
Registration Cost: $230 (Certification is an additional $150)

Florida Public Archaeology Network Center, 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.

Course Options

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)


As a Park Ranger for Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Megan Trumper worked with supervisors and peers to plan and develop a District wide vision for interpretive programming. She then served as a CIG trainer and interpretive coach for all rangers on staff, while also creating original interpretive programming. Megan also worked with the Santa Clara Valley Water District in their education outreach department where she facilitated interpretive activities for K-12 students throughout the county. Since receiving a BA in Modern Literary Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and an AS in Park Management from West Valley College, Megan has decided to continue her education by pursuing a Masters in Environmental Education from Prescott College. Her thesis work is focused on how to use philosophies and strategies from the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) movement in interpretative training, as well as incorporating emerging research from environmental education. Megan hopes that her work is a step toward making interpretive programming more inclusive throughout the field.

Brian Mast graduated a decade ago with a Master’s degree in Applied History from Shippensburg University.  He has worked for the National Park Service as an Interpretive Ranger at multiple parks including Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Flight 93 National Memorial along with various institutions in the Northeast before moving to Alabama in 2010.  His specialty is designing interpretive programs for audiences with intellectual disorders and living history presentations.  He has presented on many interpretation related topics at local, regional and national conferences across the country.  In 2015 he received the NAI Regional Service for the Sunny Southeast.  Currently, he serves as the educator for the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama and as Vice President on the Alabama Museum Association board.  

Further Information

For more information about the course, please contact Brian Mast at or call (205) 652-5528.

Special Terms and Cancellations

Cancellations and transfers must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by October 4, 2020. A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 will be assessed. Emailed cancellations and transfers should be sent to Cancellations and transfers cannot be made by phone.

No transfers or refunds will be given after October 4, 2020.

10/19/2020 - 10/22/2020
Florida Public Archaeology Network Center 207 E. Main Street Pensacola, FL 32502 UNITED STATES

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Monday, 19 October 2020

Select this option to add an application for CIG certification. A one-year complimentary membership is included.
10/19/2020 - 10/22/2020