graphic showing movement from intermediate level and its competencies through additional preparation to become specialist

      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

      Moving Up the Lattice

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

      '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

      Back to Lattice

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