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Fundamentals in Interpretation Certificate Program

Time limit: 365 days
2.5 credits

$410 Enroll

Full course description

Program summary:

The Fundamentals in Interpretation Certificate Program is entirely web-based and consists of four courses each culminating with an applied assignment that relates to your organization or a case study organization. This course of study provides you with the opportunity to receive individualized feedback from knowledgeable instructors who review the elements of your portfolio.

Program objectives:

After completing this certificate program, learners should be able to:

  • Define interpretation and briefly discuss the history of the profession.
  • Discuss how to identify your audience and some specific techniques to engage specific audiences.
  • Explain the basics of developing an interpretive talk.
  • Describe the concept of roving and skills needed to do it effectively.

Recommended background:

Fundamentals in Interpretation is intended for interpreters new to the profession or those who would like a refresher in the basics of interpretation.


This certificate program was designed and developed by the Eppley Center for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University, with subject matter expertise provided by the National Association for Interpretation.

Program topics:

  • Course 1: Foundations of Interpretation
  • Course 2: Knowing and Connecting to Your Audience
  • Course 3: Interpretive Talk
  • Course 4: Roving and Informal Interpretation

The certificate program includes the following elements:

  • Four self-paced, self-study e-courses
  • Companion assignments, which allow you to apply what you have learned in the courses and are reviewed by course instructors, with substantive feedback provided
  • Informational text
  • Interactive activities
  • "Learn More" opportunities
  • Engaging videos
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Informal assessment quizzes
  • Final assessments
  • Rigorous, field-based assignments

These courses are self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the courses as quickly or slowly as they need.

After completing the content and activities in each course module, you will complete a final quiz to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of all course module quizzes and assignments, you will be awarded a program certificate of completion.

How to access:

Upon enrolling, you will receive instructions and the link to the Canvas course. Note: When you register, you will receive an email invitation. Be sure to accept that invitation, or Canvas will not allow you to open the course modules.

Enrollees can move through content modules at their own pace within the course timeframe.


Length: 25 hours


Eppley Center for Parks and Public Lands


Credit: 2.5 CEU, Certificate of Completion


Audience: Anyone working in parks, recreation, or public lands