Frequently Asked Questions About The Community Interpreter®
Is The Community Interpreter® a medical interpreting program?
Yes…but it’s also so much more! The Community Interpreter® was designed to address any one of, or all of, three target audiences: medical, educational and/or social services interpreters. Some of our trainers and we ourselves present all-medical sessions that include medical terminology training and others gear their programs to general community interpreting or a specialized audience, like educational interpreting. Our TCI sessions in Maryland cover medical, educational and social services interpreting.
What is your next training session?
CCC hosts a session of The Community Interpreter® every spring, summer and fall (April, July and October) along with many other programs. See our current training offerings.
Our licensed trainers also host their own trainings across 38 U.S. states, Washington DC, Guam and six other countries. Search for a trainer near you.
How much does it cost to attend The Community Interpreter®?
The sessions of The Community Interpreter® that we host in Maryland cost $690 (plus a $70 language testing fee for the most frequently tested languages. Other languages may have a higher cost.) The course fee includes:
40 hours of training by highly qualified trainers.
A 453-page textbook (The Community Interpreter®: An International Textbook, retail: $120).
A 229-page workbook (The Community Interpreter®: An International Workbook of Exercises and Role Plays, retail: $60).
Continental breakfast and snacks for all five days.
A 90-minute written final assessment.
A half-hour oral proficiency interview (and corresponding certificate) in your non-native language conducted by the gold standard testing agency in the field: Language Testing International.
Your training certificate.
A list of over 100 language companies to start your job search.
Sessions of The Community Interpreter® hosted by our licensed trainers will vary in cost depending on the location and session.
Can I use the certificate I get for this program to apply for national medical interpreter certification in the U.S. through CCHI or IMIA/NBCMI?
After I take the program, will I be certified?
No. A training program certificate is not the same as certification. In fact, in the U.S. the certificate for a 40-hour training program is a prerequisite to apply for national medical interpreter certification. In The Community Interpreter® we teach you about the difference between a certificate and certification. A good training is the beginning of certification, not the end, because after training you will need to take the written and oral exams of a properly credentialed certification program to become certified.
Do you still have questions?
Feel free to give us a call at +1 410-312-5599 or submit your questions through our website. We’ll be happy to clarify.