Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course
October 1 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 10, 2019
Become a Certified Interpretive Guide!
Dates: Tuesdays, October 1- December 10
Time: 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Location: Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., Missoula, MT
Calling all interpretive program educators, present and future! If you work, or plan to work, in museums, environmental education, field-based settings, or any educational capacity with the public, we have a fabulous professional development opportunity for you.
Learn to create, conduct, and evaluate interpretive presentations and programs, and gain the tools to make your programs shine with our Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course, which the Montana Natural History Center is offering this fall in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).
Option one: $235 enrollment fee. Take the course without obtaining certification.
Option two: $385 enrollment fee. 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, combining 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 you 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.
Instructor: Christine Morris is a naturalist and Community Programs Coordinator with the Montana Natural History Center. She teaches the Master Naturalist Course as well as a variety of pre-K through adult programs. Christine has 15 years of experience in environmental education and interpretation including positions as a park ranger in the Department of Interpretation at Rocky Mountain National Park and Environmental Education Director for Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, Seattle.
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)
For more information about the course, please contact Christine Morris at cmorris [at] montananaturalist [dot] org or call 406.327.0405.
Special Terms and Cancellations
Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by TWO WEEKS PRIOR. A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 will be assessed. Emailed cancellations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations cannot be made by phone.
No refunds will be given after TWO WEEKS PRIOR.
**If you are a full-time student you are eligible for a discount. Please call 406.327.0405 to get the promo code to use when registering.**
Registration Instructions: How to Register for a CIG or CIH Course.