CIG Train The Trainers Course La Junta, CO 2020

CIG Train-the-Trainers Course

July 27-31, 2020
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
35110 County Road 194 E. La Junta, CO 81050
Instructor: Fran McReynolds

Due to the changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, NAI encourages participants to hold off on any travel arrangements/plans re: this course until mid May at the very earliest. Please do register as the course may fill, but note we will make the final call in a few weeks depending. Please contact Emily at if you have any questions. Thanks!

The CIG Train-the-Trainers (formerly CIT) workshop is designed to improve your skills as a trainer using NAI's Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) curriculum. Once you take the class and pass the credential requirements for CIT, you can use NAI's curriculum and certify staff and volunteers at your own site or serve as a contractor to sites without a trainer on staff. This workshop is required for those who want to teach the CIG curriculum.

Participants to this course must have previously taken the CIG course and become certified or have the CHI certification. If you do not have these certifications, but would still like to be considered based on your experience, please contact Emily Jacobs, NAI Certification and Training Program Manager at

During the first two days of the workshop, we'll provide an annotated instructor's version of the CIG course. Then we move on to material that helps you become a better facilitator and evaluator. You will evaluate CIG students through watching videotaped presentations. We also provide a detailed orientation to the paperwork requirements for CIG instructors. On the last day, you'll present a 20-minute training segment that is videotaped.

Because this workshop is designed for those wanting to teach the CIG curricula, participants must be eligible for certification at the professional CIT level. Evidence of eligibility must be provided in the form of a transcript (not diploma) from a four-year degree program related to interpretation or a letter from a supervisor indicating at least four years of work experience in the field or a personal self employment affidavit.


The training will take place at Old Bent’s Fort National Historic Site. As such, several hotels and lodging are nearby in La Junta. For those that are on a tight budget, or would enjoy a more primitive experience, the park is allowing participants to stay in the fort free of charge and use the fort kitchen to prepare meals if they wish. Any modern items will be stowed in a locked room during the day so it is out of sight of visitors. If you are interested in this option, please contact our host, Jake Koch, at Additionally, two weeks prior to the course we will be sending out information to all participants, if you would then like to carpool, share a room, etc.


Each day mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks will be provided.  All other meals are on your own but we will take an hour break to give you adequate time to get lunch each day.


The closest airport is the Pueblo Memorial Airport which is 75 miles away from the training site; you can also fly to Colorado Springs which is a bit farther (110 miles). Please do not plan to leave our course any earlier than 5pm on Friday, July 31st to catch your flight.

Registration and More Information

The workshop provides the opportunity to complete two of the requirements for the CIT credential. You will have the chance to work with others to complete the open book exam and you will also complete your videotaped presentation. The remaining requirements include an essay exam and two outlines of training sessions you have presented in your career (could be from a regional or national workshop, in-house training for your agency, teacher training, or a university or college class).

For more information on the site, please contact Jake Koch at

Special Terms and Cancellation

Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed. Emailed cancellations should be sent to Cancellations cannot be made by phone. If you cancel 1-3 weeks prior to the course you will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made 1 week or less prior to the course will not receive a refund.

No refunds will be given after July 19, 2020.
7/27/2020 - 7/31/2020
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site 35110 County Road 194 E La Junta, CO 81050 UNITED STATES

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