Certificate in Community Interpreting– CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

CITS' Certificate in Community Interpreting provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to interpret in a variety of settings: from social service agencies to hospitals and courtrooms. 

Classes are open to non-traditional students ON ALL ISLANDS through HITS (Interactive TV classes and UH Community colleges) and held late in the afternoon, usually once a week. Admission is open to any language speaker. Students will be required to pass a screening interview in English and the student's other strongest language. Upon successful completion of all four courses, students may sit for the Certificate in Community Interpreting exam in their specialization and language pair. Students are encouraged to take elective courses in areas of their specialization, both in content and language. In Professional Orientation & Internship, students will spend time practicing  skills in an unpaid internship in the field of their choice.

Three required courses:
- Introduction to Interpreting
- Community Interpreting
- Professional Orientation & Internship

One specialization course: (choose one)
- Medical Interpreting
- Court Interpreting I

FALL 2016  Courses for the Certificate in Community Interpreting 
(January 9 - May 12, 2017)

Tuesday                               4:25 p - 6:45 p        Introduction to Interpretation (HITS-All islands)
Monday                               4:25 p - 6:45 p         Court Interpreting I
Wednesday                        4:25 p - 6:45 p        Medical Interpreting I

For more information, and to learn about registration procedures and fees for non-UH students, click here
To access the application form, click here. 

Possible funding available
The Certificate in Community Interpreting has been approved by the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) for training unemployed individuals to help them re-enter the workforce. Please contact any of the One-Stop Centers to be screened first.  Applications  need to be submitted as soon as possible, as the process takes some time. Click here for more information. CITS will offer matching funds of $250 for three applicants who have been approved for WIOA funding. Please contact us at cits@hawaii.edu for more information on this scholarship opportunity.

Undergraduate Program
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa offers an undergraduate degree in Interpretation and/or Translation through Interdisciplinary Studies. CITS faculty and advisors from Interdisciplinary Studies are available to help students design their own Interpretation and/or Translation major and advise students on appropriate courses. For more information, please contact CITS (cits@hawaii.edu) or Interdisciplinary Studies. 

Credit Courses
CITS offers an abundance of courses to students of any major. For a list of courses offered this semester, please see  our Courses page. Please keep in mind that some courses, such as TI 408, might have a prerequisite. Visit our Courses page to learn more.  

Non-UH Students
If you are not currently a UH student, you still can register for CITS courses for credit through Outreach College Credit Programs. To find out more information about registering for credit through Outreach, call their office at (808) 956-8400 or visit their website at www.outreach.hawaii.edu. Visit our Courses page to find out more about CITS courses. 

Equipment and Facilities
Translation students have access to computers and software in the computer laboratories.  A language lab, professional recording studio and videotaping equipment are used in simultaneous interpretation training.  CITS also has its own simultaneous interpreting equipment. 

Summer Intensive Interpreter Training Program (6-week program) 
For more information about this exciting opportunity for training and professional development, see our dedicated SIIT page!