Interpretive Planner Course in Trysil, Norway.

Interpretation means to add meaning to experiences, whether this comes from feelings or thoughts. How we interpret heritage is critical for the way we shape our common future. 

The Certified Interpretive Planner (CIP) course is about interpretive planning for all kinds of heritage sites, including parks, archaeological sites, historic buildings, monuments, museums, zoos, botanical gardens, villages or even parts of towns. 

To be certified as interpretive planners, participants must have some previous planning experience and attend the entire course.

About the course

Didactic principles of the CIP course are: 

• Design learning holistically (with head, heart and hand) and in various forms 

• Respect the needs of the individual learner

 • Include experiences from the learner’s own work and life

 • Initiate and promote new learning experiences and inspire the desire for learning

 • Strengthen personal responsibility and the readiness to give and to receive critiques

 • Support the cooperation of learners with each other and with other stakeholders

 • Use pin-boards, flip charts, facilitation cards, markers and other media in a professional way

 • Allow cooperative development of content in realistic situations

 • Provide space to share new experiences and to challenge normal ways of thinking

 • Visualise results and relate to them during following training sessions.

  • The course will be held in English. 

During the training course, participants experience and develop subjects mainly on their own in small groups and in exercises on site while most presentations are kept short. This empowers participants to take ownership of their learning, sharing the outcomes and providing feedback to assess the results. 

The certification process itself consists of the presentation of the interpretive planning proposal developed with their team during the course, a written test, and the development of their own original interpretive plan at a heritage site of their choice after the course has ended.

You can read more about the course here Certified Interpretive Planner (CIP) course - Interpret Europe ( 

Our trainer

Thorsten Ludwig (MSc Interpretation Management and Practice) is based in Germany and running his own company on interpretive training, planning and consulting since 1993. He studied in the UK and became first certified by NAI (National Association for Interpretation, USA) as interpretive planner and trainer. For six years, he was Interpret Europe Managing Director and trainer or co-trainer of all IE trainers. He himself ran 20 Interpret Europe certification courses in seven European countries.

In 2021, Interpret Europe ran the CIP course on behalf of UNESCO for staff of European World Heritage sites.

Practical information 

The course is held in Trysil. Trysil is Norway’s largest ski destination in winter and are rich in natural- and cultural heritage. It has one national park and one regional park. Read more about Trysil on Visit Norway. Plan your trip to Trysil | Activities, hotels, food and drink ( 

You have to book your accommodation by yourself. We will however make reservations at the most central hotel for the course.

 We will be visiting the oldest rural museum in Norway, talk to stakeholders, and volunteers. Eat local food, and get to know each other. 

The weather in October can be a bit cold, and maybe snow, so remember to bring some warm clothes since we will be out some of the time. 

The fee for the course covers For a residential course we ask the participants to arrive the night before the course starts and stay for the night after the course ends. This way, they would neither be distracted during the first sessions of the course by organising themselves at the venue. 

Latest Covid information from The Norwegian Institute of Public Health  Coronavirus disease - advice and information - NIPH ( 

Not included in the fee


Membership in Interpret Europe ( we will guide you trough the online signupform during the online meeting prior to the course. All participants must be members of IE before the course.) Read more about membership on IE webpages.

5 breakfasts and 4 dinners. 

Travelling to and from Trysil. 

How to get here  

You can get to Trysil by taking the plane to Gardermoen, and then the bus from Gardermoen to Trysil. (2,5 h.) NW130 Trysilekspressen | Buss Trysil - Elverum - Oslo ( 

You can also drive here by car. From Oslo it takes about 3 hours.  

You can also take a train to Elverum, and go on the bus to Trysil there.  Se reiseforslag |  

 Villa Sole is about 10 minutes walk from the busstation. Villa Sole Trysil (  

About interpretation and Interpret Europe 

Key terms from the four interpretive qualities are:

 • Offering paths to deeper meaning 

• Turning phenomena into experiences

 • Provoking resonance and participation

 • Fostering stewardship for all heritage.

Interpret Europe’s (IE) training programme was launched in 2015. It offers certification courses to support professionals who communicate natural and cultural heritage as guides, hosts, writers or planners and want to add the interpretive component to their work.

Interpret Europe`s organisation partner for the course is Norske Parker, The Norwegian Parks Association. 

More information about interpretation and Interpret Europe: 

Home - Interpret Europe ( 

Trysil centre. Photo: Destinasjon Trysil 


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There will be an online meeting prior to the course. The meeting will take about 30-40 minutes. In the meeting we will answer your questions, and inform you about the course. We will also go through the online form from Interpret Europe so you can be members of IE before the course starts. There is a membership requirement from IE prior to the course.
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