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Moving from Intermediate to Specialist

Intermediate Healthcare Interpreter

Intermediate Healthcare Interpreter

This is a viable entry point for Deaf or hearing interpreters who have already satisfied the requirements for Novice Healthcare Interpreter:

      • Observed non-interpreted medical interactions.
      • Observed experienced interpreters in healthcare settings.
      • Documented 200 hours of healthcare interpreting experience.
      • Arranged supervision for 75% of healthcare interpreting hours.

May be qualified to interpret in the following settings or situations. Ideally is supervised 50% of the time:

    • Routine inpatient care
    • Acute care (with supervision)
    • Urgent care (with supervision)
    • Video remote interpreting (with supervision)
    • Specialty care clinics (cardiology, HIV/AIDS, ob-gyn, dialysis)
    • Health planning meetings following a diagnosis
    • Diabetes education

Additional Preparation


Moving Up the Lattice

Once you have completed this additional preparation, you are ready to move on to working as:

Healthcare Interpreting Specialist

Healthcare Interpreting Specialist

This is a viable entry point for Deaf or hearing interpreters who have satisfied the requirements for Novice Healthcare Interpreter and Intermediate Healthcare Interpreter and have:

  • Documented 200 additional hours of healthcare interpreting.
  • 100 of the above may have a specialty focus (e.g. cardiology, mental health, ob-gyn, oncology, video remote, etc.).
  • Documented 100 additional hours of supervised healthcare interpreting. 

May be qualified to undertake the following types of assignments:

  • Crisis situations (mental health, emergency room)
  • Chronic disease and pain management
  • Pre-op, post-op, urgent and emergency care
  • Mental health care
  • Mentor newer interpreters in healthcare interpreting
  • Supervise Novice and Intermediate Healthcare Interpreters

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