Interpreter Credentials and Certification

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Course description:  An examination of the important credentials that interpreters should hold and how to get them, with a focus on interpreter certification.

Course length:  1.5 hours


  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 1.5 CE credits

  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 1.5 OCCI PDUs


Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze and compare interpreter qualifications and credentials, including certification.

  • Discuss six qualifications, five core skills and four types of credentials for interpreters.


What you will get:

  • Your video host:  Daniel Sanchez

  • 9 interactive exercises, including a review quiz

  • 3 videos of interpreters in action

  • 3 audio stories

  • 2 role plays in 9 language pairs

  • 3 handouts: Terms and definitions for credentials; language proficiency testing; and interpreter skills

  • Sections to download and study from The Community Interpreter®: An International Textbook and The Medical Interpreter: A Foundation Textbook for Medical Interpreting

  • Course completion certificate

 How this lesson will improve your practice:

You will:

  • Know the important interpreter credentials that a professional interpreter needs, including certification.

  • Be able to decide which credentials you want to get.

  • Understand the differences between a certificate and certification.

  • Describe language proficiency testing and explain why interpreters need it.

  • Be able to market your services as a professional interpreter based on your credentials.

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