How to Become an Interpreter
Can you speak or sign two languages fluently? Have you spent significant amounts of time living in more than one country? Do you like working with people?
Interpreting is a fast-paced, demanding job yet highly rewarding for those who want to make a difference. Read on to learn the first steps in becoming an interpreter.
Minimum Qualifications to Become an Interpreter
Before working as a professional interpreter, candidates should meet these minimum qualifications:
Be 18 years or older.
Hold a high school diploma or equivalent.
Demonstrate bilingualism and literacy through language proficiency testing.
Hold a certificate for professional interpreter training (at least 40 hours of training).
The Pathway to an Interpreting Career
1. Complete a 40-hour Foundation Program.
A 40-hour program should include a code of ethics, skills-building activities, mediation techniques and a final assessment.
2. Prepare for medical/legal interpreter certification.
3. Take Continuing Education Courses to maintain certification.
To learn more about how to begin your career as a professional interpreter, check out this conference presentation given by two of our team members in April 2019.