Heritage Interpreter - with specialization in Hiking and Environmental Interpretation 

Professional profile 

Interpreter of the Cultural Heritage 

Who is it

The Heritage Interpreter is a professional figure with a high intellectual content who has specific skills to carry out activities of:

  • Conception, Design, Implementation, Participation, Communication, Implementation, Evaluation, Improvement and Innovation inherent to Interpretative Services (mediated interpretation) and to the paths of Interpretation Experiences (direct interpretation).
  • Identification, Cataloging, Knowledge, Interpretation, Documentation, Conservation, Protection, Enhancement, inherent to the Cultural Heritage


  • Interpretation services (mediated interpretation): Realization of communication tools and services (signs, signs, maps, illustrative brochures, guides, flyers, multimedia productions and stations, installations, websites, apps, etc.) and design of Interpretation Plans
  • Interpretation Experience Paths (direct interpretation): Initiatives that provide for the direct participation of both interpreters and guests in the interpretative activities.

In order to take into account the different specializations operating in the sector of interpretation and the correct assignment of skills, knowledge and competence, five specialist profiles are taken into consideration for the purpose of exercising the profession of Heritage Interpreter:

  • CP160 / P1: Interpreter of the Archaeological Heritage 
  • CP160 / P2: Interpreter of the Historic - Artistic Heritage 
  • CP160 / P3: Interpreter of the Demo-ethno-anthropological Heritage  
  • CP160 / P4: Interpreter of the Environmental Heritage 


  1. The difference between the various forms of Cultural Heritage Interpretation is exclusively linked to the degree of sectoral specialization and to the tools used during the entire interpretation process, as each Interpreter must in any case have a solid knowledge and skills in all sectors. Therefore, there will be no distinct professionalism but a single professionalism (Interpreter of Cultural Heritage) specialized in one or more sectors that have relevance to Cultural Heritage in the broadest sense of the term.
  2. The professional who has the preparation to carry out the activities associated with at least one of the five profiles indicated is considered Cultural Heritage Interpreter.
  3. A Cultural Heritage Interpreter works in one or more of the areas indicated.

The knowledge

The Heritage Interpreter has a deep knowledge of his own territory and of the cultural heritage in its various forms from the material one (historical-artistic cultural heritage, landscape and natural heritage) to the intangible one (tradition, folklore, art, food and wine, typical crafts, local history and traditions) in order to identify and arrange, in a systemic way, both interpretative services and unique paths of cultural interpretation experiences. The Cultural Heritage interpreter also adopts a systemic approach that highlights, during the entire interpretative path, typical aspects of experiential learning: motivation, interpersonal relationships, multi-sensoriality, local identities, centrality and uniqueness of the participants and originality of the participants. tools used.


Naturalistic Guide (Environmental Hiking Guide)

Who is it

The Naturalistic Guide (Environmental Hiking Guide) is a professional figure with a high intellectual content, able to accompany individuals or groups in environments of natural interest, illustrating the naturalistic, anthropological and cultural aspects of the territory with scientific-cultural connotations.

The nature guide has specific skills to carry out activities of:

  • Concept, Design, Organization, Communication, Implementation and Improvement related to the offers associated with itineraries of naturalistic and environmental interest.
  • Support for any educational and environmental education activities, sustainability education and consultancy in naturalistic and environmental matters.

Notes: All activities and routes that require the use of climbing equipment and techniques, i.e. ropes, ice axes and crampons, are excluded from the professional scope of the Nature Guide.

The Naturalistic Guide (Environmental Hiking Guide) can carry out the activities both on their own (self-employed work) and for other interested parties as an Expert / Consultant

The knowledge

The Naturalistic Guide has a deep knowledge of its territory with particular reference to natural and environmental aspects in order to identify and prepare itineraries of naturalistic and environmental interest by organizing and carrying out excursions in maximum safety and with adequate equipment for hikers.

The Naturalistic Guide manages to reconcile the knowledge of the Cultural Heritage of its territory with naturalistic and environmental paths also in order to deepen the knowledge of local identity elements not only from the naturalistic point of view but also from the anthropic, historical and cultural point of view.

Regulations and reference schemes

This figure is also recognized by the Italian Association of Tourism Professionals and Cultural Operators (AIPTOC) authorized by Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) to release Certificate of quality and professional qualification of the Services pursuant to Articles 4, 7 and 8 of Law 4/2013.

Certifications issued

  • Heritage Interpreter - Specialization in Environmental Interpretation (Environmental Interpreter)
  • Hiking Guide (Environmental Hiking Guide

For the detailed program, costs and purchase methods, please refer to the website of the Training Center Centro Studi Helios

TAS45: Heritage Interpreter - with specialization in Hiking and Environmental Interpretation (960 hours)

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