Interpreter Training Programs 

Whether you are interested on becoming an interpreter or are looking to improve your skills through additional training, there are multiple opportunities and choices on-site or online.

We have compiled a list of training programs as a service to members and visitors to our website. This is just a sample list, there are more programs. CHIA does not promote or endorse any of the programs listed.   

College Programs


California State University, Fullerton, Extended Education

To receive a Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting (Spanish/English), students must complete the Program Orientation, pass the Bilingual Proficiency Test and complete five required courses totaling a minimum of 114 hours of lecture and discussion. At least 11.4 Continuing Education Units will be awarded to the certificate graduate. 
For more information, please contact Veronica Martinez at vmartinez@fullerton.edu or 657-278-3123

http://extension.fullerton.edu/ProfessionalDevelopment/Certificates/Healthcare-Interpreting

California State University, Long Beach
The B.A. in Translation and Interpretation Studies targets Spanish-speaking undergraduates at CSU Long Beach who are interested in pursuing a career in translation and interpreting in multiple venues, including health care, legal, conference, social service, business, state agencies, film industry. The program requires 450 contact hours. Successful completion of SPAN 312/313 with a "B” or better, or the instructor’s permission, is required for entry into the program. No practicum is required for completion, however two one-half day visits to the courts and to hospitals are mandatory. 
http://web.csulb.edu/~germanol/RGRLL/Spanish/Translation.htm

California State University, Los Angeles - College of Professional and Global Education
Medical Interpreting (English - Spanish)
http://web.calstatela.edu/extension/sub/professional/MedInterp.htm

City College of San Francisco Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Program
This 300+-hour (16 academic units) program educates bilingual individuals of both experienced interpreters and bilingual individuals interested in interpreting in healthcare settings. The classes are taught in English with language-specific labs conducted by language coaches in 11 different languages. A mandatory introductory course, HLTH 84 is open to everyone, and is offered several times each semester and each course requires successful completion of the previous course. A 45 hour practicum is required for completion. www.ccsf.edu/hci

Los Rios Community College District (American River College)
Health Care Interpreter
http://www.arc.losrios.edu/

Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) is now Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
For information about Translation and Interpretation courses at MIIS, go tohttp://go.miis.edu/tisp

MIIS now has a Spanish Community Interpreting Graduate Certificate.
http://www.miis.edu/academics/short/translation-interpretation/spanish-community-interpreting

Moreno Valley College
Community Interpretation Program
http://www.mvc.edu/files/ge-community-interpretation.pdf

National Hispanic University
This 480-hour program targets Spanish-speakers who are interested in interpreting in multiple settings, including court, health care, education, or business. The class is taught bilingually in English and Spanish. Formal Spanish language screening is required for entry into the program. A 40-hour practicum is required for completion. 

Ohlone College

ASL-English Interpreter Preparation Program

http://www.ohlone.edu/instr/deafstudies/ipp/

 

Reedley College
This 300-hour program targets principally Spanish-English dual-role interpreters and bilingual community college students interested in interpreting in healthcare settings. The class is taught in English with significant language-specific practice throughout; participants must also attend a lab overseen by bilingual language coaches. Informal language screening is required for entry into the course. A practicum of at least 20 encounters of at least 15 minutes in length is required for completion.

Competency testing is done both before and after the program. Prior to admission, an interview is done with a three person panel, and reading skills are assessed. After each course, a final exam is given, and at the completion of the program, students must complete a videotaped role-play. This role-play is used to observe student behavior, eye contact, communication and public speaking skills. Participants who pass the final test receive a Certificate of Successful Completion.
http://www.reedleycollege.edu/index.aspx?page=152

San Francisco State University (SFSU)
http://www.sfsu.edu/~bulletin/previous_bulletins/1314/programs/spanish.htm

Solano Community College to offer a program in interpreting in 2016, contact Laura.Pirott@solano.edu

Sunnyvale - Cupertino Adult School, Freemont Union High School District
Medical Interpreter Program
Contact  
raji_visvanathan@fuhsd.org
https://ace.fuhsd.org/node/19209

University of Arizona, The National Center for Interpretation (NCI), Tucson, AZ
(Although, based in AZ, programs are often offered in California.  Visit their website or sign up for their email list to receive alerts.)
http://nci.arizona.edu/

Summer Medical Interpreter Training Institute is a 2-week (80-hour) training. Read more about it here:

http://nci.arizona.edu/miti

University of California, Los Angeles Extension
Certificate Program, Spanish, Chinese, Korean
https://www.uclaextension.edu/


University of California, Riverside Extension
This 160-hour program targets Spanish speakers who are interested in a career in interpreting in multiple venues, including health care, social service, legal, business, the private sector, the judicial system, education, immigration and conference interpreting. The class is taught in English. Candidates must have completed at least two years of college-level work or be a certified interpreter. Candidates must pass a qualifying examination to determine their level of fluency in Spanish and English. A 10/15-hour practicum is required for completion.
http://www.extension.ucr.edu/academics/certificates/professional_interpretation.html

University of California San Diego Extension
Translation and Interpretation 
http://extension.ucsd.edu/programs/index.cfm?vAction=certDetail&vCertificateID=83&vStudyAreaID=110


 

Private Providers that offer Short Courses in California:

 

Bridging the Gap, at any site 
This 40-hour basic training targets multi-language groups of both experienced interpreters and bilingual individuals interested in interpreting in healthcare settings. The class is taught in English with language-specific practice throughout. Language screening is usually required for entry into the course, depending on the course sponsors. No practicum is required for completion. 

Trainers of this course are screened and trained in a separate 40-hour course by the Cross Cultural Health Care Program of Seattle, WA. 

Due to the length of time this course has been around, and its well-established program to train trainers for the course and license it to local institutions, this is currently the most widely offered training for healthcare interpreters in the U.S. 
http://xculture.org/

Culture Advantage
Culture Advantage is a convenient and flexible online program that can be accessed from almost any location with an Internet connection.  With our team of international medical mentors (MDs, RNs, PT, RT) and professional medical interpreters (CMI/CHIs) we provide a supportive online environment. We have a strong record of preparing our graduates for national certification (CMI/CHIs). Our Certificate in Medical Interpreting for Nurses is approved by the California Board of Nursing for continuing education for nurses. In addition to nurses, our online program prepares bilingual staff with the medical interpreting knowledge and skills to qualify them to interpret in their work setting.
http://cultureadvantage.org/

Connecting Worlds
This 40-hour basic training targets multi-language groups of bilingual individuals interested in interpreting in healthcare settings. The class is taught in English with language-specific practice throughout. Informal language screening is required for entry into the course. No practicum is required for completion. 

Contact www.communicationbridge.net (trainer Julie Burns) and/or PALS for Health.

HCIN Learn
Web-based training from the Health Care Interpreter Network:

Visit learn.hcin.org to get started with HCIN Learn
• Continuing education for medical interpreters
• Self-paced courses that fit your busy schedule
• Courses are developed BY experienced health care interpreters

The Health Care Interpreter Network (HCIN), a non-profit collaborative of hospitals and clinics that share trained medical interpreters over a video/voice network, hosts HCIN Learn, a new way for language professionals to access the training and continuing education that we offer.

HCIN Learn, at http://learn.hcin.org/ , provides web-based training that is specific to the needs of medical interpreters. As the site grows, it will include a range of courses addressing the needs of both seasoned interpreters, and bilingual individuals who may be preparing to enter the profession.

InterpreterEd.com
A 40-hour course designed to prepare a bi-cultural and bilingual individual for certification as a Healthcare Interpreter.  Upon completion of this course, the student will have received the necessary training to be a qualified healthcare interpreter, and pass either of the two recognized national healthcare medical interpreter certification exams. Students completing the course receive a certificate and will have access to hands on practical real world experience as interpreters in a healthcare setting. It is an opportunity to apply the skills, roles and code of ethics of interpreters learned in the classroom. Students must pass a language assessment and the preregistration must be completed prior to class start date. 

Please visit us online at www.InterpreterEd.com for a training location near you.

Medical Interpreter Training School
Offers a complete online 40-hour course and continuing education classes.
https://medicalinterpretingtrainingschool.com/

PALS for Health, Los Angeles and Orange Counties
http://www.palsforhealth.org/

Reach-Reaching Diversity Medical/Healthcare Interpreting 101™: a 40-hour training for certification
The Certification Commission for Healthcare interpreters and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters provide a nationwide professional credential of  competency to Certified Healthcare Interpreters (CHI™) and Certified  Medical Interpreters (CMI™). This 40-hour training is designed to prepare individuals who are interested in becoming certified interpreters in the healthcare/medical sector by covering all topics under the knowledge areas that are tested by both national certification written examinations, and it provides an opportunity to practice the modes of interpreting tested in the oral component.

Live Online Training - Interact With Your Instructor As If You Were In A Real Class Add the 16-hour Online Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Training and Save!  

A one year CHIA Student Membership is included with registration to the 40-hour training
Registration and training details available at http://reach-diversity.com/medicalhealthcare-interpreting-101trade-a-40--hour-training-for-certification.html or email TrainingLounge@reach-diversity.com

   

VoicesAcademy
www.voicesacademy.com

VoicesACADEMY is a virtual conference website that gives medical interpreters instant access to self-guided continuing education. Videos with expert interpreters and healthcare providers help interpreters gain in-depth knowledge of theory, medical terminology and industry trends. Activities are accredited by the ATA, CCHI/CEAP, WA-DSHS and RID.

Southern California School of Interpretation, Inc.
This series of classes prepares bilingual Spanish-English speakers for state certification in court, administrative hearings, medical and federal interpreting. The Medical program runs 77 hours, the court program 143 hours. Classes are taught bilingually in Spanish and English. Prospective students must have a high school diploma, be fully bilingual, and pass the entrance examination. No practicum is required for completion. 

All instructors are certified interpreters. 

Competency testing is done both before and after the course. The entrance exam is a written test only, while the final examination is both written and oral. Participants who pass the final exam receive a Certificate of Successful Completion and academic credit. 
http://www.interpreting.com/

 

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