Certificate Description

Have you received basic training in interpretation but feel like you’re ready to dig deeper? Do you struggle with interpretive media or writing? Are you curious about what exactly ‘dialogic’ interpretation means? NAI and the Eppley Institute are recruiting 12-15 students to participate in an online cohort certificate program that will begin in January 2021.

The Intermediate Methods in Interpretation Certificate is comprised of online courses developed as a result of a partnership between the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands and the National Association for Interpretation. The courses are targeted to interpreters with 3-5 years of experience. ** You must be an NAI member to apply for this cohort. If you’d like to join NAI, please visit their website. **

Intermediate Methods in Interpretation is intended for interpreters who possess basic skills in interpretation and who wish to work with a mentor to expand their knowledge. It is comprised of the following five online courses:

  1. Introduction to Dialogic Interpretation
  2. Accessibility and Interpretation
  3. Essential Elements of Interpretive Writing
  4. Design Elements in Interpretive Media
  5. Social Media and Interpretation

Each student in the cohort will be paired with a mentor (an experienced interpreter who has received training/has extensive experience in the specifics of this certificate). Students will work with their mentor to develop their assignments before submitting them for a grade. Aside from working with a mentor, cohort participants will also receive special opportunities to rendezvous at the NAI national conference and other training opportunities.

What Past Students Are Saying About IMIC

  • “I think this program really puts together a lot of the elements we may practice in the field, but makes you think about them, plan around them, and develop products. Even in areas I know well, I learned new content and techniques.”
  • “I have been applying for higher-level interpretive jobs, and taking this program is a great point to have on my resume and cover letters.”
  • “I like that we are included in a network of other interpreters, the webinars were great. Now if I have questions I know where to go.”
  • “I also loved getting the feedback on my assignments. I don't get a lot of feedback at work so the helpful and constructive feedback was really appreciated and I think it will help me to be a better interpreter.”
  • “At this point in my career, this course gave me skills that I can use to continue to climb the career ladder and just improve my job performance in general. I no longer make all my signs with a white background!”


The price for this certificate is $350.

Course Schedule

The following schedule is subject to change.

Welcome Webinar – Attendance Required: January 14, 2021

Introduction to Dialogic Interpretation
January 18-February 14, 2021

Assignment due: February 14, 2021

Accessibility and Interpretation
February 15-March 14, 2021

Assignment due: March 14, 2021

Essential Elements of Interpretive Writing
March 15-April 25, 2021

Assignment due: April 25, 2021

Design Elements in Interpretive Media
April 26-May 16, 2021

Assignment due: May 16, 2021

Social Media and Interpretation
May 17-June 13, 2021

Assignment due: June 13, 2021

Certificates issued: week of June 21, 2021

Estimated Time Commitment

  • E-courses: 12-15 hours total
  • Assessments: 2-3 hours total
  • Assignments: 15-20 hours total
  • Webinar attendance: 3 hours total

Student Application

Thank you for your interest in the Intermediate Methods in Interpretation Certificate Program! To apply, please complete the following steps:

  1. Answer the questions below using this Google form link:
  2. Provide a brief professional resume that highlights your experience/knowledge in the field of interpretation.
  3. Submit materials in MS Word or PDF format to Nona Henderson at by November 30, 2020.

The Intermediate Methods in Interpretation Certificate Program is a collaborative effort between the National Association for Interpretation and the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University.