Group Management Course

Group Management Course

The Group Management Course

As interpretive hiking guides, we are responsible for the safety and well-being of the people we are guiding on park trails. This course covers proper pacing, risk management, trip preparation and group management techniques that will ensure the experience you provide for your guests is safe, comfortable and sets the required foundation for inspirational interpretation!

**This course does not teach map and compass skills and it is important that you come to the course with a minimum basic understanding of how to use a compass while on trail.**

The group management course is required if you want to guide hikes on trails in the Provincial and National Mountain Parks unless you have an ACMG hiking guide certificate or equivalent.



Date: Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th June 2017 (8:30am - 5:00pm)
Location: Glacier House, Revelstoke, 1870 Glacier Ln, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0
Instructor: Dave Holder - IGA Master Interpreter Hiking Guide
Full details: IGA Website
Cost: $275 plus GST [abl-button label="Book Now" activity="591deb73d225b803cd7ef176" event="7mhovdcmtjofnb0s4c4n22iuv8_20170627T153000Z" style="btn"]


Group Management CoursePrerequisites for the Group Management 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 completed the IGA Apprentice or Professional interpreter certification.
4. Have a minimum of 5 days hiking experience and an interest in guiding groups in the mountains.
5. Be competent with basic navigation skills.

More specifically, students will be expected to arrive at this course knowing how to:

a. Identify different features on a topographical map (rivers, lakes, buildings etc).
b. Identify and relate contour lines from the map to the terrain you are hiking on.
c. Determine elevation loss and gain from contour lines on a map.
d. Measure the length of a trail in meters or kilometres.
e. Give a map reference using UTM grid to show your location.
f. Take a simple compass bearing, i.e., to determine direction of a trail in poor visibility.
g. Determine the cardinal directions of the compass at any time and orientate the map to the ground.

Group Management CourseThe proficiency of participants with the above skills will be assessed on at various stages of the course but these items will not be taught. Course registrants not familiar with navigation should find books or other courses to help them learn this important skill.


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.