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Professional Certifications

NAI professional certifications are designed to recognize those who have the skills, abilities, and experience to be considered a professional in the field of interpretation. Our certification program follows best practices set forth by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, including a peer review conducted by professionals who hold an active credential for the certification they are reviewing.

Certified Heritage Interpreter™

The Certified Heritage Interpreter (CHI™) professional certification recognizes experienced front-line interpreters who have expertise in both presenting interpretive programs and developing non-personal interpretive media.

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Certified Interpretive Trainer™

The Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT™) professional certification recognizes experienced individuals with expertise in developing and delivering training programs and who regularly train other interpreters.

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Certified Interpretive Manager™

The Certified Interpretive Manager (CIM™) professional certification recognizes individuals with experience supervising and managing interpretive staff and sites and who have expertise in leadership and management.

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Certified Interpretive Planner™

The Certified Interpretive Planner (CIP™) professional certification recognizes individuals with expertise in interpretive planning and experience creating effective interpretive plans for sites and media.

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NAI professional certifications must be renewed every four years. To maintain your certification, you must submit proof of 40 hours continuing education and pay a recertification fee.

Learn more about recertification

Become a Peer Reviewer

If you are professionally certified through NAI, you can earn continuing education hours by serving as a peer reviewer. Once trained, Peer Reviewers are eligible to score submissions for the certification(s) they hold. Interested in learning more? Email [email protected].

For additional questions, please contact the Professional Certification Program Administrator at [email protected].

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