Certified Guide and Membership Benefits

Maintaining your guide certification with the Interpretive Guides Association by paying yearly professional dues comes with some great benefits!

If you are not a certified IGA guide, you can still be a member and get great benefits as well.

Click here to become a non-certified member

Interpretive Guides Association Certified Guide and Membership Benefits:

  • You are part of a vibrant association devoted to promoting excellence and professionalism in interpretation around the world.
  • You are offered discounted rates to attend professional development sessions and courses, plus offered discounts on IGA products (e.g. course manuals, interpretive props, clothing, etc.)
  • You have access to the certified guide and member resource pages of the website. This section of the website contains important and helpful resources for interpreters, educators and guides.
  • You will receive regular email updates that include info on upcoming courses and professional development events, notices of job opportunities, news for guides, and other guide and member resources.
  • You have representation at important interpretation and guide related meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Your yearly professional dues or membership fees contribute to the ongoing development and success of your association, which is attached to your certification and training.
  • Discounts for certified guides and members are provided at some local businesses (visit your user profile to find out which ones are currently offering services).
  • Group Insurance Plans
  • Discounts on select guidebooks at Alpine Book Peddlers
  • Discount on first aid courses at Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine

Additional Benefits for Certified Guides:

  • Certification allows you to maintain a professional standard in your chosen industry and be seen as a professional in your field. This is important as tourism standards continue to improve and clients search out highly trained, quality services.
  • Your professional dues keep your certification active and in good standing so you don't have to re-certify or re-take courses regularly.
  • We have set up pro-deals for our certified guides in good standing with some great outdoor companies.

Additional benefits of corporate membership with the Interpretive Guides Association:

  • Your corporate fee includes two coupons for professional dues to give to your guiding staff.
  • Free job advertising of relevant interpretive guiding positions, in our newsletters.
  • Free event advertising in our newsletter and social media pages where relevant and seen as a benefit to members.
  • You will have use of the Interpretive Guides Association Logo for your website and print materials.
  • Your company will get a logo, bio, and link on the IGA's Guiding Companies page (conditions apply).
  • All of the membership and certified guide benefits listed above.
  • You have representation at important Parks Canada meetings, business meetings and national interpretation meetings and workshops.

Have a suggestion for other benefits you would like to be included as an individual or corporate member? Contact Tracey Gage at executivedirector@interpretiveguides.org

Certified Guide Professional Dues


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