Certified Interpretive Guide course

Interpretation is an original and rewarding method to connect people to sites and places by revealing deeper meanings that encourage people to think and reflect about what they see in relation to the wider world around them.



21. – 25. March 2022




From 6500,- NOK


21.02.2022 12:00

Om kurset

About the course

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 compelling knowledge and 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.

Finally, using 20 tried-and-tested benchmark quality criteria, trainees discover innovative ways to interact with the public, providing greater visitor satisfaction.

The course content includes:

  • Facilitating first-hand experience with natural and cultural heritage sites and objects
  • Dealing with tangible and intangible heritage
  • Revealing meanings and relationships of natural and cultural phenomena
  • Deriving attractive themes from sites, objects and factual information
  • Reacting to the needs and expectations of participants during interpretive activities
  • Playing different roles as an interpretive guide
  • Using questioning techniques and other communication tools
  • Exercising different forms of group formation and the use of props
  • Connecting information to the participants‘ world
  • Considering the meaning of barriers and interferences in interpretive processes
  • Peer coaching and critiquing interpretive activities
  • Integrating sustainability aspects and global concerns into interpretive activities.

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.

  • The course will be held in English.




Our trainer


Alexander Colvine (Sandy) started out as a geography graduate, then specialised in land resource planning, to assess agricultural land quality for the Ministry of Agriculture in the UK, in the 1990’s.  After moving to the South of France in 1996, he managed EU-funded local heritage development projects all over Europe, mainly for rural tourism.

In 2014 he took part in the HeriQ Project to test out a heritage interpretation training method for guides. It all made sense. This then became the basis of IE’s certified interpretive guide (CIG) training course and Sandy joined IE and its training team as a trainer for guides and hosts. Sandy is an IE Certified Interpretive Writer (CIW) and are currently studying for an MSc in Interpretation: Management and Practice with the University of the Highlands and Islands. Sandy have trained many CIG, CIW courses, and was last seen in Norway in september 2021,  teaching a CIG course to 11 participants in Nærøyfjorden Verdsarvpark.

Praktisk informasjon

Practical information 

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 have made a reservation at Trysil Hotel, details about how to book will come in the confirmation email after your registration. You can use other accomodations in Trysil also.

All lunches and one dinner is included in the fee.

We will be visiting the oldest rural museum in Norway. Eat local food, and get to know each other.

The weather in march can be cold and wet (down to – 15 C), and maybe snow , so remember to bring winter clothings, since we will be out some of the time.

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

About interpretation and Interpret Europe 

Key terms from the four interpretive qualities are:

• Offering paths to deeper meaning

• Turning phenomena into experiences

• Provoking resonance and participation

• Fostering stewardship for all heritage.

Interpret Europe’s (IE) training programme was launched in 2015. It offers certification courses to support professionals who communicate natural and cultural heritage as guides, hosts, writers or planners and want to add the interpretive component to their work.

Interpret Europe`s organisation partner for the course is Norske Parker, THe Norwegian Parks Association.   www.norskeparker.no

More information about interpretation and Interpret Europe:


Home – Interpret Europe (interpret-europe.net) 

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 medlemsskap er 40 euro.
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