Certificate Training 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).
Classes are held in the early evenings, usually once a week. Admission is open to any language speaker. Participants will be required to pass a screening interview in English and the student's other 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. Upon completing all courses, students will receive a certificate of completion. As with similar degree programs such as law, where graduates of their program must sit for the bar exam, students undergoing training in community interpreting, are encouraged to take a national or state certification exam offered in their focus of study and language (i.e. National Board of the Certification of Medical Interpreters Exam, Hawaii State Court Interpreters Certificate Exam, etc.).  We will work with you individually to find the best certification to match your goals. 

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

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

SPRING 2019 Courses for the Certificate Training in Community Interpreting 
(January 7 - May 2, 2019)

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

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 a month. Click here for more information. CITS will offer matching funds of $250 for three applicants who qualify for funding. Please contact us at cits@hawaii.edu for more information on this scholarship opportunity.

Undergraduate Bachelor's Degree
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
Any UH student of any major can take our classes without being screened; however,  you may want advice on which course(s) is right for you. For a list of courses offered this semester, please see  our Home or 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 or NON-credit through Outreach College. 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.  To register for non-credit, please APPLY here. You can 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!