Certified Interpretive Planner Course (CIP)

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.

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.

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)


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