Professional Interpreter

In this online program, you will master all the skills you need to begin a career as a professional interpreter.
Temecula, CA P.O. Box 760,, Temecula, CA 92593
(951) 9723600

Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)

Domain / Subject : General/Others

Function : General

Trainer name : Rocío Txabarriaga

Duration : 40 Hours

Difficulty : Medium

About the course

In this online program, you will master all the skills you need to begin a career as a professional interpreter. You will learn what public services interpreting entails, identify the responsibilities of a professional interpreter, and develop the skills to be an efficient interpreter and communicator. By the end of the program, you'll be fully prepared to begin working as a professional interpreter in the public services setting.


Upon completing this program, you will be a completely competent Public Services Interpreter.  You will also be prepared to continue to train as a legal and/or medical interpreter to increase your opportunities and earning potential in the field.

Course Extention

Upon registering, you are given an initial six months to complete this program.  Should you need more time beyond the six months, an extension of six months is available with a fee of $100.

Computer Requirements:

  • You may take this program using either a Mac (Mac OS 9.2 or higher) or a PC (Windows 98 or later). This program is also compatible with any recent version of Linux/Unix.
  • To run this program, you must have a 400 Mhz or faster CPU, 128 MB Ram, a video card, a sound card, and headphones or speakers.
  • Software requirements include Microsoft Office 97 (or newer) or a comparable office suite such as OpenOffice
  • This program is compatible with the following browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher, Firefox 2.0 or higher, Netscape, Mozilla, Safari, and Opera. Other Web browsers and other versions of those mentioned above may work, but they might not be able to render all features of this program.

Course eligibility


Must have a high school education (or equivalent) and be bilingual

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Course Content

Module 1: Basic Concepts of Language Interpreting

  • Basic Concepts: What is language interpreting? What is language translation?
  • Contrasting the interpretation and translation tasks
  • Translation and adaptation: Localization and transcreation
  • What does it take to become a professional interpreter?
  • Certificate vs. Certification vs. Professional Licensure
  • Where do interpreters work?
  • Message delivery: The techniques
  • Consecutive interpreting video demonstration
  • Sight translation video demonstration
  • Review Questions
  • On-Site interpreting
  • Remote and Telephonic Interpretation
  • Telephonic interpreting, continued
  • Video remote interpreting and video relay interpreting
  • Sight translation
  • Vocabulary Game
  • Review Questions
  • The Evolution of Interpreting in the Community
  • The Evolution of Interpreting in the Community: Steps Toward Professional Recognition
  • The Evolution of Interpreting in the Community: Professional Associations
  • Public Services Interpreting Drivers
  • Standards Guiding the Interpreting Profession
  • Associations: Why are they important?
  • Module 1 Self-assessment
  • Resources
  • Module Feedback

Module 2: Interpreting Skills and Techniques

  • Preparing yourself for this module
  • Active listening
  • Active listening: Suspending yourself
  • Emotions and Culture
  • Level of Interest and Objectivity
  • Capacity to Concentrate
  • Who you are influences greatly the way you listen and communicate
  • Listening Exercises: Introduction
  • Shadowing: Introduction
  • Short-Term Memory Retention: Visual
  • Short-Term Memory Retention: Auditory
  • Note-Taking
  • Sight Translation: Introduction
  • Putting It All Together: Interpreting
  • Module Vocabulary Game
  • Module 2 Self-Assessment
  • Resources
  • Module Feedback

Module 3: Ethics and standards: Expected professional behavior

  • What are Professional Standards?
  • The Interpreter's Professional Profile
  • Accuracy
  • Acting Ethically and Honestly
  • Confidentiality
  • Competence
  • Neutrality
  • Reliability
  • Respect for the Profession
  • Role Preservation
  • Scenarios and Exercises
  • Resources
  • Module 3 Self-Assessment
  • Module Feedback

Module 4: The Business of Interpreting

  • Basic public services interpreting market concepts
  • The Supply
  • The Demand
  • Working as a freelance interpreter
  • Interview video
  • Working as a Full-time Interpreter
  • Interview video
  • Building a Resume
  • Formatting a resume
  • Resume Sample
  • Writing a Cover Letter
  • Joining professional associations
  • Joining online professional directories
  • Continued Education
  • Resources
  • Module Feedback


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