Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG)

This 40-hour hands-on course provides a versatile toolkit to turn any heritage phenomenon into an experience and passive audiences into active participants. Trainees practice how to put strong ideas into words to engage visitors in a meaningful and memorable way. The course offers participants a variety of challenging exercises, building their confidence and creativity to develop, deliver and evaluate great interpretive talks and walks. 20 tried-and-tested benchmark standards provide more innovative and creative paths to interact with the public, while making guides effective facilitators able to provide greater visitor satisfaction.

To be certified as an interpretive guide, trainees must have previous guiding experience and attend the entire course. The certification process itself consists of a written test, the development of an interpretive walk, the delivery of one interpretive talk and a critiquing exercise.

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."
John Cage