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.

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 inh [at] (email ) or call (905) 682-1900.

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You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

Program Highlights

  • Employment opportunity
  • Personal enrichment and 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
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  • 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.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative Arts and Business.

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Competency Tests (CILISAT or ILSAT): You must successfully complete and pass a Competency Test (CILISAT or ILSAT) administered by a provincial agency. This mandatory testing should be taken after the fourth course (LANG10034) and must be completed prior to registration in the sixth course (LANG10036). Any associated expenses are your responsibility.

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Mandatory Courses

Course Number Course Name Course Description
Introduction to the Spoken Language Interpreting Explore the fundamentals of spoken language interpreting in various settings, with emphasis on the interpreter's role, standard of practice, and skills required for successful interpreting. 30 hours.


Consecutive Interpreting Benefit from a skillful mix of theory and practice focused on memory and comprehension, note taking, vocabulary building and handling linguistic and ethical challenges. Prerequisite: LANG10031. 30 hours.


Skills Development - Sight Translation Focus on the fundamentals of sight translation and related skills, such as fast reading, scanning for main ideas, vocabulary enrichment, paraphrasing and more. Develop tools for handling ethical and performance challenges. Prerequisite: LANG10032. 30 hours.



Skills Development - Simultaneous Interpreting Develop and practice proven skills and techniques for simultaneous interpreting in various settings and contexts with emphasis on active listening, shadowing, retelling, paraphrasing, note taking, memory exercises and self-evaluation. Prerequisite: LANG10033. 30 hours.



Setting Specific Interpreting Examine protocols, procedures and techniques for interpreting in various settings. These include the courts and legal setting involving child victims/witnesses, health care setting and the domestic violence sector. Equivalent to: LANG10035. Prerequisite: LANG10034. 30 hours.
LANG10036 Capstone Course, Skills Integration Enhance your skills in consecutive interpreting and note taking, sight translation and simultaneous interpreting. Also covers professional comportment and the financial management skills required for work as an independent contractor. Prior to registering you must provide proof of successful completion of the CILISAT or ILSAT. Prerequisite: LANG10035 or LANG10090. 30 hours.

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. 

Course Code Course Name Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
LANG10031 Introduction to the Spoken Language Interpreting




LANG10032 Consecutive Interpreting OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
LANG10033 Skills Development - Sight Translation OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
LANG10034 Skills Development - Simultaneous Interpreting OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
LANG10090 Setting Specific Interpreting




LANG10036 Capstone Course, Skills Integration OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
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Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Career Opportunities

  • 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

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank.