LIVE Community Interpreting Training Programme

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Next Dates available for booking:

October 2021:

  • Module 1: October, 6, 2021
  • Module 2: October, 8, 2021
  • Module 3: October 12, 2021

Each session starts at 09:00 GMT (or 10:00 British Summer Time GMT +1) and lasts for two hours

To register, please purchase the course, and we will send you all the necessary links and information within 3 working days.


Who is this Programme for? You will find this programme useful and beneficial if you are:

  • a complete beginner or a volunteer interpreter wishing to develop your skills, or
  • a translator who would like to branch out into interpreting, or
  • an experienced interpreter seeking to expand your business.

Why do I need to take this course?  Interpreting requires a high-level of professionalism and knowledge of specific terminology. As a community interpreter, you will be working with sensitive and confidential communications. This course will prepare you for these challenges and ensure that you are highly professional and discreet in your work.

What will you learn during this programme? During this 6-hours training programme on Community Interpreting, you will learn about the fundamental rules, principles and skills required to carry out community interpreting work to your best ability. You will also learn how to prepare for your interpreting assignments, what to expect from them, and how to develop your interpreting business. 

What is community interpreting?  Community interpreting is an umbrella term that covers interpreting in public service settings, such as healthcare (hospitals, doctors’ appointments), law enforcement (police and court), immigration (refugee centres), housing, welfare, and so on.


  • This programme is delivered through three live two-hour webinars each covering a specific module. 
  • Each module includes theory and practical examples and exercises. 
  • After each module, you will receive a set of notes and assignments for independent study estimated time required – one hour per module)

MODULE 1 – Community interpreting and core interpreting skills

This module will give you a good understanding of what community interpreting is, critically important ethical, cultural and professional considerations that you must be aware of, and core skills of community interpreting. 

  • Modes and styles of interpreting; interpreting vs translation
  • Interpreter’s role and responsibilities
  • Ethical and professional principles of community interpreting
  • General interpreting skills and processes:
  • Memory techniques and note-taking
  • How to prepare for an interpreting assignment

MODULE 2 – Community interpreting settings, specific challenges and terminology

In this module, you will learn about different situations you may face as a community interpreter, the challenges of such situations and how to deal with them. We will also work with specific terminology and vocabulary. 

  • Interpreting in healthcare settings, including
    • Hospitals
    • Doctors’ appointments
  • Interpreting in law-enforcement, including
    • At the scene
    • Police (garda) station
    • Prison
    • Court
  • Immigration / Social welfare / education settings, including
    • Social interview
    • Assignments that include children
  • Finding and learning specialised vocabulary 

MODULE 3 – Developing your community interpreting skills and business

In this module, we will talk about other types of interpreting you will come across (remote and sight interpreting). We will also talk about dealing with tricky situations and minding your stress levels. We will complete the programme with an overview of business issues related to your interpreting activities. 

  • Remote interpreting: over-the-phone or video link
  • Sight interpreting
  • Dealing with sensitive and difficult cases
  • Developing your community interpreting skills and career further


Test:  Participants who attended all three sessions will receive a link to a written test (which should take under an hour to complete). The test will have to be completed within 72 hours. The pass rate of the test is 75%. There is no additional fee for the test.

Certification: To receive TRANSLIT’s certificate of Community Interpreter level 1 training, you are required to:

  1. Attend all three modules 
  2. Pass the test at the end of the programme (75% pass rate)
  3. Recommended: complete all homework assignments
You will also receive an official CPD certificate.

Programme outcomes for you: upon completion of the programme, you will learn and understand:

  • the main principles of community interpreting, relevant practices and the code of ethics 
  • how to prepare for an interpreting assignment and how to complete it successfully
  • core interpreting skills and using them in practice
  • challenges specific to various community interpreting settings and will learn to address them
  • how to learn relevant terminology and develop your vocabulary