Certified Interpretive Guide Workshop

Zoo Atlanta is hosting, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) professional certification course. This course and certification is designed for individuals who deliver interpretive programs and/or speak with the public. It combines theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors.


Feb. 27
March 6
March 13
March 20*

9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

* Attendance to all sessions is required for certification

With NAI certification: $380

  • Includes instructor fee, certification fee, one-year professional membership and workbook

Without NAI certification: $230

  • Includes instructor fee and workbook


This 32-hour course includes:

  • History, definition and principles of interpretation
  • Making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized and thematic
  • Using tangible objects to connect audiences to intangible ideas and universal concepts in interpretive programs
  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Certification requirements (50-question literature review; program outline; 10-minute presentation)
  • All materials, workbook and CIG course textbook

Requirements for CIG Course:

  • Anyone with a desire to increase their knowledge and skills related to interpretation may participate.
  • Membership in NAI is not required, but NAI members may pay a discounted fee to participate in the program.
  • You can also elect to take the training without becoming certified.
  • You do not have to be an NAI member to take the training course.

Questions: Contact Melissa King at Education@zooatlanta.org or 404.624.5822.

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