The Community Interpreter® International (TCII) is the first and only national 40-hour certificate program in community interpreting. This course is the online version of TCII. It promotes national ethics and standards of practice in the field and can prepare interpreters to take national medical interpreter certification. The course covers ethics and conduct, basic skills (from pre-session to post-session), positioning and terminology, modes of interpreting, steps for sight translation, strategies for intervention, cultural mediation, and other vital skills and topics.
Course description: Includes medical, educational, and social services interpreting—the nation’s premier interpreting certificate. It satisfies the prerequisite training needed before applying for medical interpreter certification with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) or the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). It is also recognized by the Maryland Court Interpreter Program as prerequisite training before applying for Maryland Court Interpreter Certification.
Course length: 40 hours
Course access period: Six months
Course completion requirements: Pass 24 lesson exit tests (score of 80% or above) and one 90-minute final assessment (score of 75% or above).
Certificate: Downloadable certificates available immediately upon passing each lesson exit test and final assessment.
TCIO (is the online version of The Community Interpreter® International) Course Content (Estimated time for completion: 40 hours)
What you will get:
- 9 superbly qualified video hosts
- 21 role-plays in nine language pairs with English (Amharic, Arabic, English, French, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese) and 5 additional role-play in English only
- More than 240 interactive exercises!
- A dozen self-assessment exercises
- Two textbooks in ebook format: The Community Interpreter®: An International Textbook and The Medical Interpreter: A Foundation Textbook for Medical Interpreting.
- Course completion certificate: the most widely conferred and respected U.S. certificate in the field for medical, educational and social services interpreting
- Washington State Department of Social Health Services: 8 DSHS CECs
- The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf: 4.0 RID CEUs*
- Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 8 CE credits
- Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 40 OCCI PDUs
How this course will improve your practice:
- Know how to perform professional interpreting protocols and skills for medical, educational, and/or social services interpreting.
- Be able to adhere to professional ethics and standards of practice for community and medical interpreters.
- Understand what the profession of community interpreting is, its specializations (such as medical and educational interpreting), and how you fit into that profession.
- Know the role and responsibilities of the community interpreter.
- Have an introductory understanding of legal interpreting.
- Understand cultural competence and assess if, when, and how to perform cultural mediation.
- Be able to perform in three modes of interpreting: consecutive, simultaneous, and sight translation.
- Be able to present yourself for employment or freelance work as a professional interpreter.
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