Interpreter Training Programs

The Professional Interpreter - Online

A Training Program for Community Interpreters

A Program Incorporating Authorized Materials from The Community Interpreter® International Edition

Course Description | Schedule DetailsLanguage Proficiency Test

Course Description

This 10-week course is designed for working interpreters and aspiring interpreters who wants to work in community settings, such as healthcare, education, and human and social services. The course covers topics such as ethics and conduct, basic skills (such as positioning, how to interpret, memory and note-taking), terminology, modes of interpreting, intervention strategies, cultural mediation, and other vital skills and protocols. Professional skills are presented as simple components, including streamlined decision-making tools to help interpreters make on-the-spot judgment calls that are easily incorporated into daily practice.

The program uses the comprehensive learning content and materials developed by Cross-Cultural Communications (CCC), a program recognized nationally and internationally for training community interpreters. The course is very interactive; relying on the use of role play, activities, group exercises, and discussions based on videos. The program includes the most comprehensive training manual in the field; written in plain English and featuring an abundance of visual aids to make the content easy to understand and a pleasure to read.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of completion listing you has a qualified interpreter. This program satisfies the prerequisite training needed before applying for medical interpreter certification with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) or the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI).

How will this course improve your practice?

Upon completion participants will:

  • Know how to perform professional interpreting protocols such as positioning, professional introductions, direct speech and turn-taking management.
  • Be able to adhere to professional ethics and standards of practice for community and medical interpreters.

  • Know the role and responsibilities of the community interpreter.
  • Understand cultural competence and assess if, when and how to perform cultural mediation
  • Be able to perform in three modes of interpreting: consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation.
  • Develop core interpreting skill such as accuracy, interpreting for meaning, register, and effective note-taking strategies
  • Enhanced short-term memory skills for faster translation
  • Be able to present themselves for employment or freelance work as a professional interpreter.
  • Develop techniques to perform intervention and mediation in common community interpreting situations

Schedule Details

Due to overwhelming response for the Fall session, we have postpone our start date. The new session schedule is below:

Fall Session: Nov. 29 – Feb. 10, 2021

DAYS: Mondays and Thursdays | TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | LOCATION: Online (via Microsoft Teams)


The cost of this program is $625.00 (six hundred twenty-five dollars) (This includes language proficiency testing and books)

You will pay $150.00 (one hundred fifty dollars) deposit at the time of registration. You will pay the remaining balance of $475.00 (four hundred and seventy-five dollars) after successfully completing the language proficiency test.




                                      Language Proficiency Test

All participants will be tested for language proficiency. MUSC has contracted with LTI The ACTFL Language Testing Office to administer the online language proficiency exam. You will be tested in both English and your non-English language. You can register your proficiency test at  


All participants for this online course must have:

  • A desktop or laptop computer with a webcam. (The course may not be taken on a tablet, phone or other small device.)
  • Reasonably stable, reliable high-speed internet.
  • A headset with microphone or good earbuds with microphone.
  • Agree to abide by MUSC Interpreter Training Center (ITC) Online Class Policy
  • Two textbooks which will be mailed to you upon your successful enrollment