Advancing your career as a professional interpreter.
So, you've taken some interpreter training programs and discover that you LOVE interpreting. Or, you're just starting out but you'd like to know more about possible career paths. Either way, the more you know about certifications the better you'll be able to choose which area of interpreting matches your qualifications, experience and interests. Visit our our FAQ page for more information on certifications. Note: for specific questions please contact the corresponding certification organization.
Medical Interpreter Certification
CCHI is one of two national organizations to certify medical interpreters. Here are some certification preparation resources, including practice tests.
NBCMI is one of two national organizations to certify medical interpreters. Here are some certification preparation resources.
Community Interpreter Certification
In 1991, the DSHS in Washington state initiated an effort to certify its bilingual staff; social service and medical interpreters; and translators working for DSHS throughout its many divisions and programs.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter Certification
RID offers certifications and certification maintenance programs for ASL interpreters.
Although based in Texas, the BEI certification is used and recognized in several states for ASL interpreters.
Court Interpreter Certification
NCSC offers extensive information, legal glossaries and exam preparation for state court interpreter certifications and the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination (FCICE).
The Maryland Court Interpreter Program provides training workshops, testing, and continuing education for court interpreters. Certification exams are offered in 15 languages. Read here how to become listed as a Maryland Court Interpreter.