Become a Certified Interpreter Today!

IST provides the longest-standing interpreter training program in Toronto.

Our intensive training process equips immigrant and refugee women with the skill, certification, confidence and independence to become professional Language Interpreters and vital members of the community.

Working closely with our non-profit counterpart, the Schlifer Clinic, which supports and defends women under threat of violence, has ensured our Training Program equips interpreters with an acute appreciation of cultural sensitivities.

We offer the most extensive interpreter training outside of the college system. As a consequence, our services are well-known and respected.

Become a spoken language interpreter today!

Becoming a Certified Interpreter filled me with confidence, self-esteem and energy.

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I am really happy and passionate about my work. It has been an excellent program.

Connecting Legal Services to Interpretation!

IST has launched TWO LFO funded online courses for connecting legal services to interpretation: one is designed for spoken language interpreters, and the other is designed for legal service providers.

Both courses are FREE and enrolment is now open!

Connecting Legal Services to Interpretation: A Course for Legal Service Providers is designed for lawyers, paralegals and other legal service providers. The course is intended to help service providers work better with language interpreters. The course is CPD accredited.

Connecting Legal Services to Interpretation: A Course for Interpreters is an advanced online training for interpreters who have already successfully completed an interpreter training course. The course is designed to teach interpreters how to interpret effectively in legal settings. This course is accredited by OCCI for 25 Professional Development hours.

Cost: FREE until March, 2017

To self-enroll visit http://learning.springtideresources.org/.

To learn more or participate in training, please call Marybeth at 416-323-9149, ext. 251.

Training Modules

1. CORE COMPETENCIES

12 Days (84 hours + Testing Day)

Certificate awarded after completing following requirements:

• 80% attendance

• passing the Post Assessment Test (written & audio, 70%)

• successful completion of 3-6 assignments

• human trafficking and sexual violence modules.

3. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT PROCESS

3 DAYS (21 hours) off-site

Includes visits to the following locations to get oriented to their services:

• Domestic Violence Courts (to observe proceedings);

• Women’s College Hospital Sexual Assault Care Centre;

• PAR Program;

• Parole and Probation Office.

4. ANTI-OPPRESSION/WOMAN ABUSE

2 DAYS (14 hours)

To increase understanding of roles as Community Interpreters in VAW and PAR settings, as well as to provide a context to provision of services to immigrant women and other groups.

2. LIFE/BUSINESS SKILLS

5 DAYS (35 hours)

Certificate awarded with 80% attendance.

Required Qualifications

  • fluency and proficiency in English and another language
  • successful completion of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s (MCI) approved Interpreter Language and Skills Assessment Tool (ILSAT)
  • successful completion of a recognized interpreter training program
  • a minimum of a high school diploma, some college and university preferred
  • familiarity with social services, including legal and health sectors
  • understanding of issues related to violence against women