- Must be 18 years or older
- Must be fluent in at least two languages
- Must be eligible to work in the United States
- Must have high school diploma or GED (higher education preferred)
To all individuals interested in becoming certified interpreters for TIN Chicago™, it is strongly recommended to attend an orientation meeting. In these one-hour sessions, a TIN Chicago™ staff member will present on the job requirements, description, and salary details of the position. After attending an orientation, interpreters interested in becoming certified will take a languages test for English proficiency and other target languages. Please be advised that it is required to pass the languages test to be admitted to the training course.
Please review the following steps required in becoming a certified interpreter.
Step 1: Fill out the interpreter application form below
Step 2: Attend an orientation meeting
Step 3: Pass the languages test
Step 4: Review ICI information below
Step 5: Click here to contact us to register for the ICI training course
Step 6: Complete ICI training course
Step 7: Obtain certification
Please be aware that interpreting as a contractor with TIN Chicago is dependent upon current demand for interpretation.
An Introduction to Community Interpreting
This is the comprehensive 40-hour course designed to train bilingual/multilingual individuals in the basic mechanics and techniques of interpreting. Each session provides extensive information including interpreting methods, roles, professionalism, ethics, and cultural considerations. The varied contexts in which interpreters often work require extensive hands-on, in-class demonstration and practice of skills to be acquired.
- To establish the goals of interpretation
- To understand and practice the four mediums of interpreting
- To review the principles of effective communication
- To teach and apply the Interpreter’s Code of Ethics in realistic interpreting settings
- To investigate potential roles as an interpreter
- To aid participants in the facilitation of the interpreted session
- To discuss courses of action on the impact of culture in communication
- To examine the varied contexts of environments in which interpreters are often required to work
- To explore the legal responsibilities regarding language rights for Limited English Proficient (LEP) populations
- To understand and apply practical memory and note-taking skills to the interpreted session
To register for the ICI training, please contact TIN Chicago™ at firstname.lastname@example.org.