Certified Interpretive Planner course

Interpretation means to add meaning to experiences, whether this comes from feelings or thoughts. How we interpret heritage is critical for the way we shape our common future. The Certified Interpretive Planner (CIP) course is about interpretive planning for all kinds of heritage sites, including parks, archaeological sites, historic buildings, monuments, museums, zoos, botanical gardens, villages or even parts of towns. To be certified as interpretive planners, participants must have some previous planning experience and attend the entire course.



17.10. – 21.10.2022




6,000 – 11,300,- NOK



Om kurset

About the course

Didactic principles of the CIP course are:

• Design learning holistically (with head, heart and hand) and in various forms

• Respect the needs of the individual learner

• Include experiences from the learner’s own work and life

• Initiate and promote new learning experiences and inspire the desire for learning

• Strengthen personal responsibility and the readiness to give and to receive critiques

• Support the cooperation of learners with each other and with other stakeholders

• Use pinboards, flip charts, facilitation cards, markers and other media in a professional way

• Allow cooperative development of content in realistic situations

• Provide space to share new experiences and to challenge normal ways of thinking

• Visualise results and relate to them during following training sessions.

The course will be held in English.



Thorsten Ludwig (MSc Interpretation Management and Practice) is based in Germany and running his own company on interpretive training, planning and consulting since 1993. He studied in the UK and became first certified by NAI (National Association for Interpretation, USA) as interpretive planner and trainer. For six years, he was Interpret Europe Managing Director and trainer or co-trainer of all IE trainers. He himself ran 15 Interpret Europe certification courses in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Poland and Switzerland. On behalf of UNESCO, he is just about to prepare for the CIP course for staff of European World Heritage sites in Kotor (Montenegro)

Praktisk informasjon

During the training course, participants experience and develop subjects mainly on their own in small groups and in exercises on site while most presentations are kept short. This empowers participants to take ownership of their learning, sharing the outcomes and providing feedback to assess the results.

The certification process itself consists of the presentation of the interpretive planning proposal developed with their team during the course, a written test, and the development of their own original interpretive plan at a heritage site of their choice after the course has ended.

You can read more about the course here Certified Interpretive Planner (CIP) course – Interpret Europe (interpret-europe.net)


The course is held in Trysil. Trysil is Norway’s largest ski destination in winter and are rich in natural- and cultural heritage. It has one national park and one regional park.

Read more about Trysil on Visit Norway. Plan your trip to Trysil | Activities, hotels, food and drink (visitnorway.com)

You have to book your own accomodation in Trysil. We will however make reservations at a central location, please contact us for further information.

All lunches and one dinner is included in the fee.

For a residential course, participants should arrive the night before the course starts and stay for the night after the course ended. This way, they would neither be distracted during the first sessions of the course by organising themselves at the venue.

How to get here  

You can get to Trysil by taking the plane to Gardermoen, and then the bus from Gardermoen to Trysil. (2,5 h.) NW130 Trysilekspressen | Buss Trysil – Elverum – Oslo (nor-way.no)

You can also drive here by car. From Oslo it takes about 3 hours.

You can also take a train to Elverum, and go on the bus to Trysil there.  Se reiseforslag | vy.no

Bli medlem i Interpret Europe

Forutsetning for å melde seg på kurset er at du har guide/formidler erfaring og medlemskap i Interpret Europe. Om du ikke allerede er medlem i IE melder du deg inn når du får godkjent din plass på kurset. Årlig medlemskapet er 80 euro. Det er 50% avslag det første året du er medlem.
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