Are you designing visitor centres or exhibitions, or are you planning ways to reuse historic buildings? Are you involved in regional planning or do you work on a single site? In any case, this course is right for you!

Interpret Europe is launching the first European course for interpretive planning. The pilot will be held in Rijeka, Croatia, from 12-16 November 2018. No prior knowledge in heritage interpretation is required.

Planning with an impact

Decisions in interpretive planning should have an impact on people and on their engagement in society. For this reason, we will be using innovative tools and techniques in order to conduct research and analysis of visitors or residents, site and management, existing interpretation and resources available. Special consideration will be given to working with communities and to evaluation techniques. According to standards in heritage interpretation, our plans will aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Turning phenomena into experiences
  • Offering paths to deeper meaning
  • Provoking resonance and participation
  • Fostering respect for all heritage


  • Conducting and analysing research of heritage resources, visitors or residents, site management and policies
  • Making informed decisions about the choice of media and means, justifying these decisions and verifying them through evaluation processes
  • Encouraging and facilitating participatory processes with stakeholder communities
  • Creating innovative solutions for promoting values, critical reflection and independent meaning making 

Professional accreditation

Upon satisfactory completion of the course and follow-up tasks, participants are awarded the title of Certified Interpretive Planner by Interpret Europe and join an inspiring community of heritage interpretation professionals.

Tasks required for certification:

  • 100% attendance
  • Interpretive plan on the model site (group work)
  • Interpretive plan on your own site (homework)

The pilot course in Rijeka is an exciting opportunity to participate in the first European interpretive planning course and to contribute with your feedback to its continued excellence.


Venue: Rijeka, Croatia

Rijeka, a seaside citadel, once served as an important Hungarian shipbuilding port, and today is the centre of indie culture, contemporary art and urban lifestyle. ‘Port of diversity’ is Rijeka’s title for the European Capital of Culture 2020.

Course duration: 40+ hours over 5 days

Course participation fees follow the Interpret Europe scaled fee system by country of residence:

Early bird fee before 1 October

200.00 €

360.00 €

520.00 €

680.00 €

Regular fee (5 November)

250.00 €

450.00 €

650.00 €

850.00 €


Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine 

Croatia, Cyprus, Czech,  Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, United,  Kingdom

Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland

The fee covers: 5-day programme, catering (lunch, dinner and coffee breaks). Accommodation and travel is not included in the price.

Some previous knowledge or experience with planning for heritage sites is required, but specific heritage interpretation knowledge is not necessary. Candidates will be asked to specify their interest and confirm the requirements in an application form.

Registrations for the course in Rijeka are closed, but if you would like to be informed about future CIP courses, please fill in the form here.

For more information or assistance regarding accommodation, please contact our local organiser, Muze Ltd., at:

Helena Vičič from Slovenia is an IE Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT) and a member of the IE Training Team which is creating the course. She studies interpretation at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland, UK. She can be contacted at: