Community Interpreter

A Community Interpreter is a professional responsible for enabling both a professional and a client with very different backgrounds and perceptions, and an unequal relationship of power and knowledge, to communicate to their mutual satisfaction. 

Community interpreters should be able to perform consecutive interpreting, take notes, be aware of community structure, and be sensitive to cultural differences.  These professionals may work independently, with the police forces, within educational systems, with government agencies, or for private clients.

Associate Membership

The requirements for admission as an Associate Community Interpreter of ATIA are:

Requirement 1 – Pass the Code of Ethics Examination

Review a case study and identify breaches of ATIA’s Code of Ethics and the Rules of Professional Conduct for Court Interpreters. Minimum passing grade is 70%. Results are valid for one year.

Requirement 2 – Submit an Application for Review

1. Have passed the Code of Ethics Examination within the past twelve months.

2. Meet the hour requirements under one of the following options:

Institution/Option

Supporting document

Required hours

1. University Degree in Interpreting

University Degree (in English or officially translated if submitted in other language)

10

2. ATIA’s Associate or Certified Court or Medical Interpreter Membership (ATIA)

ATIA Membership Card as Court or Medical Interpreter

10

3. Immigration Refugee Board Exam (IRB)

IRB letter

10

4. ATIA’s Associate or Certified Translator Membership (ATIA)

ATIA Membership Card as a Translator

10

5. Calgary Immigrant Women Association’s Interpretation and Translation Program (CIWA)

Certificate of completion, CILISAT certificate and CISOC certificate

10

6. Calgary Board of Education’s (CBE) CILISAT (Cultural Interpretation Services for our Communities) Exam + CBE training course

CBE certificate and proof of passing CBE’s training course

20

7. Cultural Interpretation Services for Our Communities (CISOC) course

CISOC Certificate

30

8. MSIC Interpreter Accreditation Program

MSCI Training Completion Certificate and CILISAT or ILSAT Certificate

30

9. No credentials

N/A

200

3. Complete and submit this hour-log form to admin@atia.ab.ca:Community Interpreters Admission Hour Log F16

4. Complete and submit this form to atia.ab.ca.: Community Interpreters Admission Application Form S17

5. Register on-line and pay the Application Review fee.

Candidates will be offered Associate Community Interpreter membership in ATIA once they meet the admission requirements. Annual membership dues for Associate Members are $160.

Certification (Certified Membership)

There are two options for becoming a Certified Community Interpreter of ATIA, and each option has its own requirements.  

Option 1 – Portfolio Review

Requirements:

  • Be an Associate Community Interpreter of ATIA in good standing
  • Prove 300 to 500 hours of interpreting in any setting
  • Submit letters of good character issued by former or current employers
  • Complete the portfolio certification form
  • Sign ATIA’s Code of Ethics Agreement
  • Pay the portfolio certification assessment fee

Option 2 – Recognition

Requirements:

  • Submit a letter of good standing as a Certified Community Interpreter from any other provincial association.
  • Sign ATIA’s Code of Ethics Agreement
Annual membership dues for Certified Members are $240.

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