Medical Interpreter

A Medical 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. 

A Medical Interpreter is skilled in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, as well as sight translation and note-taking.  He/she has a good knowledge of medical terminology and is sensitive to cultural differences. Medical interpreters work at medical settings, hospitals, and doctor's offices.

Associate Membership

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

Requirement 1 – Pass the Code of Ethics Examination

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:


Supporting document

Required hours

Bow Valley College’s Healthcare Interpreter Program (BVC)

BVC Certificate


Medical School (in general)

Degree in Medicine*


No credentials


400 for French
200 all others

* Translated into English by a certified translator if necessary

3. Complete and submit this hour-log form to Medical Interpreters Admission Hour Log F16

4. Complete and submit this form to Medical Interpreters Admission Application Form F17

5. Contact to make arrangements to pay the Application Review fee ($155).

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

Certification (Certified Membership)

Option – Examination


  • Pre-requisite: Be an Associate Medical Interpreter of ATIA in good standing
  • Pre-requisite: Prove hours of interpreting in a medical setting (obtain chart of hours required from
  • Submit letters of good character issued by former or current employers
Annual membership dues for Certified Members are $240.

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