Legal Interpreting Certificate Program (Web-led)

WLIW-040 Legal Interpreting Certificate Program (Web-led)

Hours: 60
Fee: $1,070

Program Description

Legal Interpreting for Depositions, Due Process Hearings, and Unemployment Hearings

This class is open to Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and Russian speaking students who would like to expand their interpreting skills in legal settings. The course will cover the most in-demand types of hearings such as Due Process Hearings, Unemployment Hearings, and Depositions. Students will learn legal terminology and procedural protocols needed to interpret for these various types of hearings. In addition, students will have the opportunity for intense practice through mock hearings. These mock hearings will give the students the experience and comfort-level needed to apply for work in the field. Trained legal interpreters are in demand throughout Massachusetts and nationwide in law offices, schools, state agencies and contracting agencies. 

Program Details

Students must provide a certificate of completion for a minimum of 40 hours of interpreter training or a letter from your employer confirming a minimum of two (2) years of experience working as an interpreter in any setting.

Please register as early as possible, as a brief telephone interview will be required before acceptance into the course.

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Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Times: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Dates: October 19 - December 16, 2021

Books are included with the course.

Refund Policy

Withdraw prior to the start of class* - 100% Refund
No Refunds will be given once class begins

In the absence of a written third party contractual agreement stating otherwise, all refunds will be issued to the student. Credit card payments will be refunded directly to the credit card if processed within thirty days of the payment.

Course Cancellation Policy

The STCC Workforce Training office reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

Student Handbook Policies

As a participant in this program/course I understand that I am bound by all the rules, regulations, and policies of STCC as outlined in the Springfield Technical Community College Student Handbook.

How fluent do I need to be to take the course?
You need to be very fluent in both English and the second language. This is not a language course. It prepares the student for what they need to know to apply for work as a medical interpreter and to take the National Exam.

How do I know if I’m fluent enough?
Prior to the start of classes, you will be contacted by someone to arrange for a brief language evaluation which will take place by phone. If you do not pass the language evaluation you will receive a full refund.

Can I take the course in more than one language?
Although you may speak more than one foreign language, you may only take the course in one language as there will be development of medical terminology and role plays. You may tell any potential employer that you speak multiple languages and at that time they may choose to test you in any language. You will know the basic expectations that employers require of medical interpreters.

When I complete the course, will I be able to work?
Once you complete the course you will have a certificate of completion to show to any potential employer. Most employers require at least a 40-hour training class, although 60 hours is much preferred. 

Do I have to have National Certification to apply for work?
No. Employers show preference for National Certification, but they mainly want to see at least 40 hours or more of training. The student can then work towards National Certification.  Many times employers will pay the National Certification fees.

Is the course conducted in multiple languages?
No. The course is conducted in English.

What does the course cover?
The course covers the standards of practice, HIPAA, cultural competency, ethical dilemmas, development of medical terminology and student/patient/doctor role plays. 

For More Information, Please Contact:

The STCC Workforce Development Center
Building 27, Second Floor

Enrollment Process

Enroll Online

  1. Click: Online Registration
  2. Click on “Search and Register for Workforce Training Classes”
  3. Type in “Legal" and hit “Submit"
  4. Carefully click the SELECT box for the course that you want to take. There may be several choices so make sure you select the right course and dates.
  5. Enter your personal and credit card information.
    • Please note STCC accepts Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express as well as E-check payments. E-checks are a fee-free alternative to credit/debit payments.
    • Your receipt will be immediately emailed to you.
    • If you do not receive your receipt, check with our office at 413-755-4225 a few weeks prior to the class.

Enroll in Person

At this time due to COVID-19, in-person enrollment has been suspended until further notice.