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Successful interpreters require a thorough understanding of the concepts, cultures, terminology, environment, and issues associated with their specific interpreting roles. In addition, they need to know and adhere to their profession’s ethical codes and standards of practice.

However, few higher education institutions offer formal training for interpreting professions. To help fill this professional development void, the University of Georgia offers online and classroom courses taught by expert interpreters and trainers with years of professional experience.

University of Georgia certificate programs

University of Georgia certificate programs

This four-day classroom course covers advanced topics in interpretation, translation, cultural competence and ethics, and prepares you to pass the medical interpreter national certification exams required by many health care institutions.

The medical field needs interpreting professionals to help Korean-speaking people with limited English proficiency. If you are fluent in both languages, this course expands your career options. 

In this online, instructor-led course, bilingual individuals who work in schools or educational settings will learn the principles of interpreting and translation in an education environment. The program enables the participant to serve as a linguistic counselor who maintains the flow of communication without manipulating the message's content. 

This online, instructor-led course will be invaluable to language interpreters who work with school officials, teachers and parents of special education children in K-12 settings. You’ll gain skills in accurately conveying information that can influence a child’s placement, support and eligibility for special education services.

This program prepares you for the State Court Interpretation Certification Test so you can assist Spanish-speaking people communicate during court proceedings.

The medical field needs interpreting professionals to help Spanish-speaking people with limited English proficiency. If you are fluent in both languages, this course expands your career options.