The Apprentice Interpreter Course

The Apprentice Interpreter Course

The Apprentice Interpreter Course is 2-days in length and is designed as a stepping stone to Professional Interpreter Accreditation. It includes 1-year membership with the IGA, course materials (the IGA digital manual) and the exam.

It is for guides who are relatively new to interpretive guiding, but it is appropriate for any guides or interested individuals. You will learn effective interpretation skills, local natural history, cultural history of the region, national park management, and how to be an effective park interpreter.



Date: Sunday 25th & Monday 26th June 2017 (8:30am - 5:00pm)
Location: Glacier House, Revelstoke, 1870 Glacier Ln, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0
Instructor: Ward Cameron - IGA Master Interpreter
Full Details: IGA Website
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Prerequisites for the Apprentice Interpreter Course

It is expected that individuals taking this course will:

1. Be eighteen years of age or older.
2. Have, as a minimum, St John’s or equivalent (Red Cross) standard first aid and CPR level ‘C’. It is strongly advised that students planning to guide hiking trips gain a Wilderness First Aid course of 40hrs or more.
3. Have a minimum of 5 days hiking experience and an interest in guiding groups in the mountains.


Course Outline:

Day 1 Natural History

We will cover:
- The basics of Canadian Rockies Geology (sedimentation, mountain building, erosion, rock types)
- An introduction to glaciers and mountain weather
- An introduction to mountain ecosystems (Typical mountain habitats, species interactions and ecosystem connections)
History and Park Management
We will cover:
– Eras of human presence from aboriginal to park creation
– Evolution of concept of park- from playground to goal of ecological integrity
– Current park management issues & initiatives

Day 2 Introduction to Interpretation

We will cover:
– An overview of interpretation and how interpretation is different from information
– The basics of effective communication
– How to build a thematic interpretive program


About the Interpretive Guides Association (IGA)

The Interpretive Guides Association is a non-profit guide training organization that started as the Mountain Parks Heritage Interpretation Association (MPHIA) in 1997.

We offer different levels of courses to different types of guides working throughout the Mountain West.

We provide a wide range of services that support guides and ensure visitors to this region have enjoyable, safe and memorable experiences in the parks.
Visit our website for more information


Cancellation & Refund Policy

Please read our Cancellation & Refund Policy if you are planning to sign up for this course. If you cancel three weeks before the course starting date, you will receive a full refund minus a $30 administration fee and a $45 digital manual fee. If you cancel two weeks before the course starting date, you will receive a 50 percent refund minus the $45 manual fee. If you cancel with less than 2 weeks notice no refund will be issued.

If the Interpretive Guides Association has to cancel a course due to low numbers, you will have the choice of being given a full refund or transferring your registration for another course.


Click here for full details and bookings of the consecutive Group Management Course.


The Apprentice Hiking Guide Certification is obtained upon successful completion of both the 2-day Apprentice Interpreter Course and the 2-day Group Management course.  It is highly recommended that these courses be taken consecutively. We organise these courses so the Group Management course immediately follows the Apprentice Interpreter courses.