Welcome to our website for NAI’s revised interpretive standards!

This site is intended as a space for interpreters to comment on a proposed list of practices we follow in our profession to do the good work that we do.

To begin, please pick from one of the subcategories. Then feel free to comment and raise questions—of each other and the standard itself. Ask yourself if the text suggested feels or seems like something you believe interpreters need to know or be able to do. Consider your own practice, now and in the future.

Subcategories: Note that these categories do not necessarily represent a certain NAI profession or certification, but rather a set of knowledge or skills.

For example, not every standard listed in “Interpretive Planning” will be just for interpretive planners—they also apply to guides, writers, managers, and others who do planning as part of their work.

In the same vein, “Interpretive Training” standards might be something returning seasonals or assistant managers do, as well as people who do training as the core of their job description.

For more insight into the categories, please see their descriptions below:

General interpretation: These standards affect many types of interpreters and exemplify best practices in evaluation, program delivery, themes, storytelling, etc.

Interpretive Media: These practices have to do with exhibit design, interpretive writing, editing, digital media & design.

Interpretive Management: Standards which concern supervision, HR, communication, advocacy, mentorship and volunteers.

Interpretive Planning: Practices that affect the development of site wide interpretive plans, desired potential visitor experiences, & social science.

Interpretive Training: Standards which speak to an interpreter’s ability to utilize adult learning principles, lesson planning, different teaching techniques and facilitation.

Other: Practices that were found within the data collected but don’t typically fall into one of the above categories and/or may not be something NAI would certify in. Examples include things such as animal husbandry, retail and media relations.

This initial comment period will be open until August 31, 2018 after which time your comments will be synthesized and discussed for our final updated list to be announced in New Orleans at our national conference.