Supporting Interpreters with Effective Training

Gain valuable skills that will help you train impactful interpreters. Interpretive trainers support interpreters in connecting people to parks, museums, zoos, and other places.





Interpretive trainers support interpreters in connecting people to parks, museums, zoos, and other places. Trainers amplify their impact and enhance visitor experiences by ensuring that their trainees can offer audiences opportunities to form intellectual and/or emotional connections with the meanings of the resources or artifacts at the site. Those meanings specifically refer to the personal relevance and the significance of a site. Training can take a variety of forms: formal training sessions, coaching/observations of programs, concept modeling, directed self-study, and group sharing. To be effective, the interpretive trainer must have a solid grounding in the techniques and theories of interpretation and training. They must also possess a clear understanding of, and responsiveness to, the training and developmental needs of their audience.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive activities
  • Engaging video
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Informal assessment quizzes
  • Final assessment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Interpretive Training
  • Adult Learners
  • The Training Plan
  • Developing a Training Plan/Lesson Outline
  • Gathering Feedback
  • Conclusion

Be able to:

  • Describe the components of an effective interpretive training session.
  • Discuss the importance of training.
  • Recall the characteristics of adult learners.
  • Describe the components of a lesson plan/training outline.

Recommended Background

It is recommended that students taking this course have experience in interpretation. There are no required prerequisites, but it is recommended that students complete the free Foundations of Interpretation course prior to taking this one.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and roblem-solving skills. For more frequently asked questions, please visit our Help Center.


I have taken several Instructor courses over the years and careers; this one helped refresh my memory and added new ideasReview by George
To the point online course. It helped refresh ideas from past courses many years ago (Posted on 12/9/2019)
refrefshingReview by Wiwien T.
It confirms what I know and do when preparing n interpretive training and add some new perspective I would like to adapt for my future training. (Posted on 10/31/2018)

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