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Language Interpreter Training

Certificate of Achievement | 96211

The Language Interpreter Training certificate program is a program intended to provide bilingual learners who wish to work as community language interpreters in the legal, health-care and social service areas with the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver effective interpreter services.

The program was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ministry of the Attorney General, and health and social service agencies.

This 180-hour certificate program (six 30-hour credit courses) will provide you with training in standards of practice and ethical principles, which underlie interpreting services while focusing on the skills necessary to provide interpretation in various forms, primarily focusing upon consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, sight translation, note taking, telephone protocol and their application in various settings.

By exposing you to relevant situations, you will have the opportunity to apply your skills and consolidate your knowledge, thereby demonstrating your abilities to effectively provide introductory level interpreting services.

Admission Requirements

Fully bilingual in English and another language.

Additional Information

Students in the Language Interpreter Training Certificate (LITC) program must take and pass all six courses in order to graduate. If students wish to become certified interpreters with the Ontario Council on Community Interpreting (OCCI) upon graduating, they must meet the OCCI accreditation requirements, including the successful completion of the Interpreter Language and Skills Assessment Tool (ILSAT), Community Interpreter Language and Interpreting Skills Assessment Tool (CILISAT), or Court Interpreter Certification Exam (CTTIC/OTTIAQ/MAG).

Three courses are offered each semester with each running for six hours a week (two evenings) for five weeks. This allows students to complete the certificate in two semesters. Students can take courses in any order, except for LITC 106 which must be the final class students complete. 

If you are an interpreter working in the field, you may be able to apply your work experience and training towards the LITC Certificate through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

Graduates of the MCIS Language Solutions program need to complete LITC 104 and LITC 106 in order to receive the Humber College Language Interpreter Training Certificate. The PLAR form to be exempted from LITC 101, 102, 103 and 105 can be found here.

The LITC program continues to enhance student learning by bringing in guests from various sectors of the interpreting industries. LITC has welcomed individuals from Access Alliance, Sick Kids Hospital, University Health Network (UHN), Humber College’s Career and Advancement Services, Global Translations, Exacta Interpreting, LITC Alumni, Financial Management Workshops, Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT)-Medical Interpreting Observations, Student Court Interpreting Observations, and more. 

When you have completed the required courses in the certificate program, you need to apply to graduate. Please contact the Registration Office at graduation@humber.ca with your name, student number, and program name in order to receive your certificate.

Information Sessions

Humber offers information sessions for students interested in the Language Interpreter Certificate program, as well as PLAR sessions for working interpreters at our downtown location. There is no cost for these information sessions. Learn more >

Class Location

All Language Interpreter classes are held at our downtown location.

Downtown – Bathurst and Bloor
Canadian Centre for Language & Cultural Studies (CCLCS) – 635 Markham St. 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M6G 2M1

By subway: Bathurst Station (Markham St. exit)

Note: These courses do not qualify for General Education courses.

Testimonials

I am so grateful to all the management of Humber College who designed the Language Interpreting courses. This certificate is very effective for those who want to be a successful interpreter. The teachers are awesome and motivating. During the program, not only lectures were given but we were given opportunity to visit courts and other areas to observe interpreters working. I highly recommend this program to those who are interested in becoming an interpreter, because it’s worth it. Sumble Amoon, 2016 graduate

From the first day I came to Humber College I felt at home, the timing of the program was perfect for my schedule and the program has a comprehensive approach to the interpretation career as a whole with many workshops meant to help the students build better networks and get connected with the job market, and help with resume construction with many tips and advices from hiring professionals in the language services industry.

The staff and the instructors have always stepped up and helped out in every possible way and always made sure the students are doing well, and with the positive enthusiastic atmosphere I was able to boost my confidence and develop my interpretation skills greatly.

I am so glad I made the decision to choose Humber College it was a wonderful experience from registration to graduation!

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend LITC to anyone interested in interpretation services! Abeer Bkri, 2017 graduate

This program is one of the best college based programs of language interpreter training program in Ontario. You will learn about a lot of materials which will be useful even for your everyday life. The instructors are very well versed and the class environment is friendly, and you have chance to participate in a lot of real life interpreter scenarios. The instructors not only help students to prepare their resume but also invite the most renowned interpreter agency representatives to the class which is a very good opportunity to communicate with them and be ready to get a job at the end of the program. Techniques like note taking can be very useful if you are perusing further study in your life. And last, but not least the class office is in downtown Toronto which is very convenient and cozy. Afshin Nikravish, 2015 graduate

Contact Us

Vivi Tsoukalas
Vivi.tsoukalas@humber.ca 
416-675-6622 Ext. 74122

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