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Language Interpreter Training

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Program Overview

The Language Interpreter Training online certificate program is intended to provide bilingual learners who wish to work as community language interpreters in the legal, healthcare, 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 program (six 30-hour credit courses) will provide you with training in standards of practice and ethical principles which underlie interpreting services. These focus 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.

All courses offered will be taught online using live sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST.

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 graduation, 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 is recommended to 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). Please email for more information on this process. 

Graduates of the MCIS Language Solutions program need to complete LITC 104 and LITC 106 in order to receive the certificate. To learn more about the PLAR process for exemption from LITC 101, 102, 103 and 105, please email

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, Ministry of Attorney General (MAG), MCIS, Multi-Languages Corporation, APLI & ATIO, Student Court Interpreting Observations, and more. 

Online Information Sessions

Humber offers online information sessions for students interested in the program, as well as PLAR sessions for working interpreters during our online information sessions. There is no cost for these information sessions.

Our next information sessions are on:

Summer 2024

Dates: April 15th, 2024 @ 6.00pm

            April 22nd, 2024 @6.00pm

Fall 2024

Dates: August 19th, 2024 @ 6.00pm

            September 6th, 2024 @ 6.00pm

Location: Online, please email for more information and to register.


The LITC program is an amazing experience and a crucial step if you want to advance or start your career in this field. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a program that will enable you with the skills and the knowledge required in the job market. Thanks to the synchronous (live) classes format, I had the opportunity to exchange experiences and participate in a variety of role plays with my classmates and also have my questions answered by the instructor without the hassle of commuting to the actual campus. The online classes and assignments format also provided an opportunity to work on my online presence and familiarity with the virtual work environment. My learning experience was also enriched by so many important and relevant industry guests who expanded my horizons and opened my mind about the importance and role of a trained interpreter. I am very satisfied with my experience at Humber and very grateful to my instructor and staff that made sure I had the best training and prepared me well for my future endeavours. - Catherine B.

The LITC classes are always filled with both theory and practice. In the online classroom, the instructor has made it a point to organize language pairs where possible and allocate generous portions of time each class for everyone to practice either the different modes of interpretation or the ways to improve them (e.g. memory retention), and through the diligent design of learning goals and assignments she has always encouraged her students to form the long-term habit of accumulating specialized vocabulary and regularly exercising interpretation. For these reasons, the workload will be somewhat on the heavier end, yet at the same time highly rewarding such that you will want to do even more on your own. Finally, the program always brings in various employers and the facilitating agencies in the field to make presentations in the class, so that the students will know what specific skills and competencies they will have to develop and where and how to look for work once finished. From what I can tell the above is also genuinely the observation of my classmates as well, and if you want to become a language interpreter, this is the right program for you. - Lucius Y.M

Even in light of the challenges that educational institutions have faced because of the COVID pandemic, Humber College has surpassed my expectations and has delivered a truly outstanding synchronous online program rich in content and applications. The six courses that comprise the certificate are well designed and the material is user-friendly and covers the key competencies that today’s interpreters need in order to be competitive in this field. In addition to learning about the theoretical aspect of interpretation, ample time is set aside for hands-on learning through discussions and forums, guest speakers, teamwork, and practice exercises and simulations. I recommend this program wholeheartedly. - Julia M.

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

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

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


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


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Course Name 2024/2025 Academic Year 2025/2026 Academic Year
Compulsory Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
LITC 101: Introduction to Spoken Language Interpreting
LITC 102: Consecutive Interpreting
LITC 103: Sight Translation
LITC 104: Simultaneous Interpreting
LITC 105: Setting Specific Interpreting
LITC 106: Capstone Course Skills Integration

Compulsory Courses

LITC 101 Introduction to Spoken Language Interpreting
  Start Date: May 2024, January 2025  
This course presents the fundamentals of providing spoken language interpreting services in various settings. Participants will consider the role and responsibilities of the interpreter and discuss professional standards of practice and ethical principles to guide an interpreter's performance. The course also provides an introduction to various skills required for successful interpreting, including note taking, active listening, memory retention, mental transposition and verbalization in the target language.


LITC 102 Consecutive Interpreting
  Start Date: June 2024, February 2025  
Following a brief overview of the theoretical framework underlying the process of consecutive interpreting, the course concentrates on the development of skills essential to the task of effective interpreting including: memory and comprehension, note taking, vocabulary building, and handling linguistic and ethical challenges assertively. Consecutive interpreting exercises are incorporated throughout the course with a view to analyzing and improving practice.


LITC 103 Sight Translation
  Start Date: July 2024, March 2025  
Sight translation, sometimes referred to as sight interpretation, is a hybrid of interpreting and translation. Using documents related to a number of different settings, the course will instruct participants in the fundamentals of sight translation and assist in the development of related skills, such as reading comprehension, scanning for main ideas, fast reading, analysis of language, vocabulary enrichment and comprehension verification through paraphrasing. The course will also equip participants with the tools to manage ethical and performance challenges encountered in sight translation.


LITC 104 Simultaneous Interpreting
  Start Date: September 2024  
Simultaneous interpreting provides an immediate interpretation of speeches and dialogues. Through simulations, role plays and audio or visual exercises participants will develop skills in simultaneous interpreting without the use of electronic equipment. Subsequent to the theory overview, participants will practice: active listening, shadowing, retelling, paraphrasing, note taking, memory exercises and self-evaluation. Based on exposure to exercises and simulations, participants will develop and practice entry-level skills and techniques used in simultaneous interpreting in various settings and contexts.


LITC 105 Setting Specific Interpreting
  Start Date: October 2024  
The course concentrates on the acquisition of knowledge and the enhancement of skills introduced in courses one to four in preparation for interpreting in different settings. Four interpreting settings are introduced and explored: court interpreting, interpreting with child victims or witnesses, health-care interpreting and interpreting in the violence against women sector. Protocols, procedures and techniques necessary for functioning effectively as an interpreter are reviewed and discussed, forming the basis for problem solving exercises. A variety of articles with accompanying activities and research and field observation assignments provide context and add to the richness of course content. Skill and knowledge development and assessment are supported by role play and case scenario analysis in theoretical situations.


LITC 106 Capstone Course Skills Integration
  Start Date: November 2024  
This course begins with a brief review of the main interpreting competencies covered in the previous five courses. Following a recap of the ethical principles and standards of practice, the skills of consecutive interpreting and note taking, sight translation and simultaneous interpreting are practiced in preparation for the course's major component – the integration of interpreter skills and competencies through the Comprehensive Case Studies method. The final module deals with professional comportment issues and some of the financial management skills required for the interpreter who works as an independent contractor.


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