330: Leading Interpreters: Training and Coaching
competency focuses on training and coaching of interpretive
concepts and principles.
An NPS-developed on-line training course in Training and Coaching Interpreters can be found at http://www.parktraining.org.
Successful certification in this competency will require
the Full Performance interpreter to complete four
1) Individually plan, develop, and instruct one interpretive
training session on a concept from the Interpretive
Development Program curriculum, for either seasonal
rangers, entry/developmental level interpreters, VIP's,
interns, SCA's, cooperating association and concession
employees, etc., or a non-NPS interpretive
audience such as local museum docents, state/county
park employees, or a college class.
2) Coach one or more interpretive workers (i.e.,
seasonal rangers, entry/developmental-level permanent
interpreters, VIP's, interns, SCA's, cooperating association
and concession employees, etc.), providing them opportunities
for interpretive development through ongoing
coaching, feedback, modeling, and use of examples.
3) Complete and submit the "Training and Coaching
Assessment Questionnaire," describing your efforts
at both training and coaching. (Download
in a Word format
"Product Submission Registration Form" (Download in
a Word format (43KB).
Before completing the questionnaire, read the assessment rubric for "Leading Interpreters: Training and Coaching" to review the standards that will be used in the peer-review certification process.
Key submission points
Describe your training and coaching experiences fully in response to the questionnaire. The parenthetical questions are intended as guides to help you provide information that will address the certification standards.
The interpretive training and coaching sessions themselves are not being assessed – rather your submission will be evaluated based on your analysis and articulation of your experience as a trainer and coach.
This certification focuses on training and coaching of interpretiveconcepts and principles. Questionnaire answers that address other employee needs (program mechanics, behavior issues, time management, etc.), are not measured in this review, and will not contribute to success.
Please do not send supplemental documents such as lesson plans, etc – only the questionnaire will be assessed
How to submit
Once you have reviewed your submission
with your supervisor, you have two choices to submit
Save your questionnaire as a Word or PDF document.
Attach your questionnaire and your Product Submission Registration Form to an email and send to
the office of the Certification
Program Manager or firstname.lastname@example.org. (In Lotus Notes, select "Return Receipt"
under Delivery Options, and you will get an automatic
delivery confirmation by return e-mail when your message
is received by the Program Manager.)
If e-mail is unavailable, send three hard copies (double-sided), along with one copy of
the registration form, to: Certification Program Manager,
Interpretation, P.O. Box 77, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.
Attn: Product submission. (You can request a "delivery
confirmation" from the post office.)
*Certification in this competency is a point-in-time
assessment only. Long-term performance is measured
at the park level. Eligibility for promotion is determined
by the supervisor and park. Learn more about the peer