Program Description

Obtain the training you need to become a spoken language interpreter. There is a growing need for skilled interpreters within the legal, health care, and social service sectors. Benefit from a solid introduction to interpreting theory, with skills development practice in consecutive interpreting, sight translation and note taking, simultaneous interpreting, standards of practice, and more. The program will benefit individuals interested in a career in interpreting, and those already working as interpreters who wish to upgrade their skills and obtain a college credential.

Program Highlights

  • Employment opportunity.
  • Personal enrichment and growth.
  • Provide skills and knowledge necessary to delivery effective interpreter services in the legal, health care, domestic violence and social service areas and school sectors.
  • Provide training in the standards of practices and ethical principles.
  • Developing the skills on a professional level in consecutive, sight translation, simultaneous interpreting, note-taking, telephone protocol, shadowing, whispering and their application in various settings.
  • Hands-on training to relevant situations - opportunity to apply their skills.
  • Learn skills on listening, memory retention, vocabulary and terminology.
  • Feedback on your interpreting performance.

Additional Details

Admission and Registration

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Simply ensure you meet the requirements listed on the Admission Requirements webpage prior to registering.

You must be fluent (reading, writing, speaking) in English and a second language.

Interested in taking a single course? Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, the courses in this program can be taken individually.

Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes outline what graduates need to know, and be able to do, after they complete a program.

  • Comply with the professional standards of practice and ethical principles for spoken language interpreting in typical interpreting settings.
  • Usage of proper vocabulary and terminology in both languages of interpretation to support accuracy in a variety of typical interpreting settings.
  • Perform consecutive, sight translation, simultaneous interpreting which maintains the integrity of source information in a variety of typical settings.
  • Apply appropriate problem solving and communication strategies in responding to typical challenges which arise in providing interpreting services.


Career Opportunities

  • Entry level employment working with a variety of agencies in the various community sectors.
  • Opportunity to be placed on various rosters throughout the community.
  • Opportunity in private commercial interpretation, tourism industry, online interpretation.

For details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank (opens in new window).

Next Steps

Additional Information

Competency Tests - You must successfully complete and pass a CILISAT / ILSAT Competency Test administered by a provincial agency. This mandatory testing should be taken after the fourth course (LANG10034) and must be completed prior to registration in the sixth course (LANG10036). Any associated expenses are your responsibility.

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Completion Requirement

6 Course(s)

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This program of studies applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion email the Program Contact listed at the bottom of this page.

Click on the course names to view current availability.

A selection of courses will be offered each term. Visit our course schedule page for a tentative list of future offerings.

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