Choice Translating

16-hour Intro Course: Introduction to Community Interpreting

A 16-hour introductory course for beginner interpreters and bilingual staff in human and social services, medical, and educational settings.


Dates: Next class to be determined

Who Will Benefit From This Certificate Program? 

Interpreters who are new to the field and want to learn interpreting industry best practices but are not ready to invest in a 40-hour, 5-day course. This 16-hour introductory course is a great opportunity to learn with other interpreters but it is not a prerequisite for interpreter certification.

  • Bilingual staff who are at times called to interpret
  • Staff (in-house) interpreters
  • Contract interpreters


Purpose of This Course:

  • Promote National Interpreter Code of Ethics
  • Learn and reinforce the appropriate Standards of Practice for Interpreters
  • Expand knowledge
  • Get feedback and experience sharing with other interpreters



Day 1 - (Big picture)
Background and History of Interpreting Industry (the "Why")
Code of Ethics (the Rules)
Standards of Practice (How to apply the rules)
Skills - "Introduction" practice
Day 2 - (More Tools and Practice)
Role Plays
Skills Development Techniques
Memory Development
Cost:          $250 - This includes: handouts, beverages and snacks. (Lunch not provided).

Scholarships available for Choice® contract interpreters - email TODAY!

Participants will receive:  printed materials and certificate of completion.

For more information about our courses, location availability, and course dates, please contact Michelle Menard or Emily Dickinson at or (704) 717-0043.


About the Trainer:

Michelle Menard is the Founder and CEO of Choice Translating®, Inc., a leading translating and interpreting services provider headquartered in Charlotte, NC providing language services in 200 languages, 24/7/365. A native French speaker, Michelle was certified as a Bridging the Gap and Cultural Competency in Healthcare trainer in addition to Choice Translating’s® custom interpreter training programs and has been training interpreters for almost 20 years. This course is based on “The Community Interpreter®” curriculum by Marjorie Bancroft and four additional authors, national leaders in community interpreting.

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