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Interpreter Training & Testing

The SIA has a partnership with Cultural Interpretation Services for Our Communities (CISOC) in order to offer online training and certified testing for Interpreters.

Online Training Programs

Community Interpreter Training: This online training course is designed for current and would-be community interpreters who wish to further their knowledge or gain new knowledge of interpreting protocols. The course is based on 70 hours of study and includes study materials, case studies, audio recordings, video demonstration and quizzes. To register or for more information, please click here

Medical Knowledge and Terminology: This online training course is for individuals who wish to gain certification in Medical Knowledge and Terminology. Potential candidates may include (but are not limited to): interpreters; translators; non-medical hospital and community health centre staff; medical insurance providers; and individuals who work as a liaison between medical professionals and the general public. This online course is the best solution for those who are looking to upgrade or refresh their skills without disrupting their day-to-day lives. The course is based on 120 hours of independent study and includes learning materials, quizzes, diagrams, and audio-based pronunciation guides. To register or for more information, please click here

Language Test (CILISAT)

The Cultural Interpreter Language and Interpreting Skills Assessment Tool (CILISAT) is a recognized testing system that evaluates the language and interpretation proficiencies of people applying for certification as community interpreters using the Community Interpreter Language and Interpreting Skills Assessment Tool (CILISAT).

The CILISAT offers recruiters and service providers a snapshot of an individual’s current ability in                                                                          consecutive interpreting and sight translating in any of 50 languages and dialects

The CILISAT assess your language and interpretation skills through the following tests:

To achieve certification, you must score 75% or better.

Tests are marked by independent professional markers.

Preparation Guide for Candidates:

To assist you with your CILISAT language assessment test, we recommend you 

review the attached document: CILISAT Exam Preparation Guide

To book your test, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.