The Community Interpreter® International: Summer Session

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The Community Interpreter® International: Summer Session

635.00 675.00

EARLY BIRD registration deadline: June 19, 2017

Dates: July 24-28, 2017 (Monday-Friday)

Time:  8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Ecker Business Center of Howard Community College
                  6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
                  Columbia, MD 21046

Audience: Bilingual staff and contract interpreters in healthcare, education, social services and community services e.g., hospitals and health departments, K-12 schools, family planning, domestic violence, housing, senior centers, law enforcement, etc.

Registration Deadline: July 10, 2017

Language Proficiency Test: $70 (may be higher for less frequently tested languages) paid separately after program registration

Register for the Fall 2017 session here.

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THE COMMUNITY INTERPRETER® INTERNATIONAL is the first and only national 40-hour certificate program in community interpreting. It promotes national ethics and standards of practice in the field and can prepare interpreters to take national medical interpreter certification. The course covers ethics and conduct, basic skills (from pre-session to post-session), positioning and terminology, modes of interpreting, steps for sight translation, strategies for intervention, cultural mediation, and other vital skills and topics. In addition, this program provides an overview of the interpreting profession and discusses interpreter certification. Role plays, activities and group exercises provide hands-on experience for skills development. Video segments offer demonstrations, and a 453-page textbook (retail: $120) and a 229-page workbook (retail: $60) are included.

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The program includes a 90-minute written assessment on the last day of training and offers three levels of certificates for successful candidates:

Level 1:  Qualified Interpreter (highest level)
Level 2:  Professionally Trained Interpreter
Level 3:  Hospitality Interpreter

All participants will be tested for language proficiency to receive a certificate. Please note that a separate $70 language proficiency testing fee (fee may be higher for less frequently tested languages) is required once a participant has registered for this training program. CCC serves as the exam proctor but registration and payment will be made directly to Language Testing International. Contact CCC for further details.

Community interpreting is a growing profession. It encompasses interpreting in health care, education and human and social services. In the past, family and friends used to interpret in these settings. Today, federal civil rights legislation, national interpreting ethics and standards, hospital accreditation agencies and many state and municipal laws endorse or promote the use of qualified or certified interpreters. A qualified interpreter should, at a minimum, attend professional training and be tested for language proficiency. A certified interpreter would also need to pass a recognized government or professional certification test.

A 40-hour training course is considered by many the minimum threshold for community interpreting. The Community Interpreter International meets this need.  

This program includes a certificate and is approved by the Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services for 8 DSHS CECs, by the Maryland Court Interpreter Program for 40 CE credits and by the American Translators Association for 10 ATA CEPs.

From our Fall 2016 Session participants:

I appreciated the variety of trainers, their varied perspective, examples from their vast experience [and] also the excellent text and work books.

Very well organized and professional training.

All the instructors were excellent and so were the people whom took the class.

From our Summer 2016 Session participants:

Thank you so much! It has been a great experience to attend, meet such dedicated instructors and learn also with a great group of new colleagues to connect with for future reference and moral professional support.

Scenarios given, shared experience. Excellent trainers.

Clear teaching material, great class interaction.

From our Spring 2016 Session participants: 

This was an excellent course.  All of the instructors were superb.  I feel much more knowledgeable, competent, confident, and professional after having taken it.

I learned so much about professionalism, modes, mediation, role boundaries.