Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course
November 4-7, 2019
First Landing State Park Trail Center
2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Instructors: Christen Miller and Sammy Zambon
Registration Cost: $230 (Certification is an additional $150)
Virginia State Parks, 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.
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)
First Landing State Park’s unique location on the Chesapeake Bay provides a window into the nation's history, protects globally rare plants, animals, and ecosystems, and gives you opportunities to experience a natural oasis in an urban environment. The park was one of the original 6 parks in the system, and opened on June 15, 1936 and was originally named Seashore State Park.
Cabins will be available for the duration of the class at a 20% discount for participants and are subject to availability. To book a cabin for this course please call Bonnie Starr with our Customer Care Center at 804-692-0544 M-F from noon to five.
If you want to know more about the cabins, please check out the website at https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/first-landing. There are multiple options in the area including hotels, motels, and Air B&B’s. We also have a campground with water and electric hookups. You can make reservations here: https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/first-landing-state-park/VA/140181/overview
Included in the instructor fee is the cost for snacks and beverages. Please inform us of any dietary requirements so we can best accommodate your needs. Meals will be on your own.
More information about logistics and important pre-workshop prep work will be sent via email.
For more information about the course, please contact Christen Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (804) 912-3430.
Special Terms and Cancellations
Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by October 20, 2019. 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 October 20, 2019.