Language Interpreter Training

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Obtain the training you need to become a spoken language interpreter. There is a growing need for skilled interpreters within the legal, health care, and social service sectors. Benefit from a solid introduction to interpreting theory, with skills development practice in consecutive interpreting, sight translation and note taking, simultaneous interpreting, standards of practice, and more. The program will benefit individuals interested in a career in interpreting, and those already working as interpreters who wish to upgrade their skills and obtain a college credential.

  • Employment opportunity
  • Personal enrichment/growth
  • Provide skills and knowledge necessary to delivery effective interpreter services in the legal, health care, domestic violence and social service areas and school sectors
  • Provide training in the standards of practices and ethical principles
  • Developing the skills on a professional level in consecutive, sight translation, simultaneous interpreting, note-taking, telephone protocol, shadowing, whispering and their application in various settings
  • Hands-on training to relevant situations - opportunity to apply their skills
  • Learn skills on listening, memory retention, vocabulary and terminology
  • Feedback on your interpreting performance
Program Contact
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  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Fluency (reading, writing, speaking) in English and a second language.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

  • Entry level employment working with a variety of agencies in the various community sectors
  • Opportunity to be placed on various rosters throughout the community
  • Opportunity in private commercial interpretation, tourism industry, online interpretation
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
LANG10031 Introduction to Spoken Language Interpreting 30
LANG10032 Consecutive Interpreting 30
LANG10033 Skills Development - Sight Translation 30
LANG10034 Skills Development - Simultaneous Interpreting 30
LANG10035 Setting Specific Interpreting 36
LANG10036 Capstone Course, Skills Integration 30


Competency Tests (CILISAT or ILSAT):

  • You must successfully complete a Competency Test (CILSAT or ILSAT) administered by a provincial agency.
  • This mandatory testing should be taken after LANG10034 and must be completed prior to registration in LANG10036.
  • Any associated expenses are the responsibility of the student.
  • “In cooperation with the office of INCommunities (Interpreters Niagara-Hamilton program), graduates of the Language Interpreter Training program have an opportunity for employment in the Hamilton area. Opportunities to write the ILSAT language competency test are also available through INCommunities. Please contact Liz Smith at inh [at] () for booking information.

  • Comply with the professional standards of practice and ethical principles for spoken language interpreting in typical interpreting settings
  • Usage of proper vocabulary and terminology in both languages of interpretation to support accuracy in a variety of typical interpreting settings
  • Perform consecutive, sight translation, simultaneous interpreting which maintains the integrity of source information in a variety of typical settings
  • Apply appropriate problem solving and communication strategies in responding to typical challenges which arise in providing interpreting services