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Certificate in Community Interpreting

The Certificate in Community Interpreting will provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to interpret in a variety of settings: from social service agencies to hospitals and courtrooms.

Candidates for the Certificate in Community Interpreting are required to take four courses (12 credit hours-equivalent) and may select between two specializations, medical or legal. The Certificate is composed of three core courses (9 credit-equivalent), one specialization course (3 credit-equivalent), and one optional elective course (3 credit-equivalent). In the Professional Orientation and Internship, students will spend time practicing skills in an unpaid internship in the field of their choice.

The required, or core courses, include: Introduction to Interpreting (Noncredit) (40 hours), Community Interpreting (Noncredit) (40 hours), and Professional Orientation and Internship (Noncredit) (40 hours).

Certificate participants must also choose one specialization course: Medical Interpreting (Noncredit) (40 hours) or Court Interpreting I (Noncredit) (40 hours).

Optional courses, which strengthen the interpreter's abilities, include: Court Interpreting II (Noncredit) (40 hours) or Simultaneous Interpretation (Noncredit) (40 hours).

Admission is open to any language speaker. Students will be required to take a screening test composed of an interview. Prospective students should contact program advisors at cits@hawaii.edu.

Upon successful completion of all courses, students will be allowed to sit for the Certificate in Community Interpreting exam in their specialization and language pair. The Certificate exam will require a separate fee.

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