CIG and CIH Train The Trainers Course October 2019

COMBINED CIG & CIH Train-the-Trainers Course

October 15-22 (FULL COURSE – CIG and CIH Train-the-Trainer)
October 15-19 (CIG Train the Trainer only)
October 21-22 (CIH Train the Trainer only)
Austin Nature and Science Center & Austin Zoo
Austin, TX
Instructors: Karin Hostetter & Andre Copeland

This offering for 2019 gives participants the opportunity to become trained as both a CIG and CIH instructor in just eight days!  During the CIG Train-the-Trainers workshop (October 15-19) at the Austin Nature and Science Center, you will 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.

Then after a day off in between, the course will resume at a different locale at the Austin Zoo to complete the CIH Trainer portion. During October 21-22, participants will receive the curriculum materials you’ll need to teach the CIH course and you’ll also have the opportunity to earn your CIH certification if desired (for an additional fee).

Participants to this full course or to the CIG Train the Trainer portion, 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

Registration and Cost Options

The following costs and options exist for participating in this course:
1. Attend all seven days, CIG and CIH Trainer course: $725 members/$800 non
2. CIG Train the Trainer only (October 15-19): $625 member/$700 non
3. CIH Train the Trainer only (Must be a current CIT, October 21-22): $225

Because this workshop is designed for those wanting to teach the CIG and CIH curricula, participants must also 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. Please note, no proof of eligibility is necessary for current CITs.


The workshop will be held at two different Austin locales. The workshop begins at the Austin Science and Nature Center (2389 Stratford Drive) for the CIG Trainer portion. The last two days will be held at the Austin Zoo (10808 Rawhide Trail) to finish the workshop off with the CIH Trainer component.


There is no specific hotel, but our hosts recommend hotels near MoPac South and 290 West. These include, Hampton Inn Austin/Oak Hill, Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Southwest, Extended Stay America - Austin – Southwest, La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Austin Southwest and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin SW - Sunset Valley.


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 nearest airport is the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Please do not plan to leave our course any earlier than 3pm on Tuesday, October 22nd to catch your flight (full course) or by 4pm on Saturday, October 19 (CIG Train the Trainer only).

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).

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 October 7, 2019.   
10/15/2019 - 10/22/2019
Austin Nature and Science Center and Austin Zoo Austin, TX 78746 UNITED STATES
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