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The Community Interpreter [TCI] – A nationally recognized interpreter training program

Language Overview



The Community Interpreter is a ground-breaking 40-hour national certificate program in community interpreting produced by Cross-Cultural Communications. This interpreting training course  targets the training needs of community interpreters and bilingual staff who work in Health Care, Education and Social/Human Services. The course promotes national ethics and standards of practice for interpreters and can prepare them for national medical interpreter certification. This interpreter training program is approved by the Certification Commission of Healthcare Interpreters for 12 CCHI CE hours and by the American Translators Association for 10 ATA Ceps.

Please note:

    1. This is a language neutral course. It is taught in English.
    2. The Community Interpreter® – Medical does NOT provide certification. It provides a Certificate of Successful Completion as one of the steps in the certification process.
    3. The program offers three levels of certificates for successful candidates, based on their level of oral language proficiency:
      • Level 1: Qualified Interpreter
      • Level 2: Professionally Trained Interpreter
      • Level 3: Hospitality Interpreter

Our licensed trainer:

Leah Benjamin is our in-house Licensed Trainer for The Community Interpreter. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Duke University and is a Certified Medical Interpreter with CCHI (Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters). Over the past five years, she has interpreted in a variety of medical, school, and social service settings. Leah was born in the United States to American parents and was raised in Colombia, Brazil, and Chile.

The program will cover topics such as:

  • Overview of the profession and professional settings
  • Sight translation
  • Consecutive and simultaneous interpreting practice
  • Role-playing
  • Note-taking techniques
  • Readings in the field
  • Exercises for building memory and concentration
  • Discussion of practices, standards, and ethics
  • Vocabulary in the medical and legal fields


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, with a minimum of a HS diploma or equivalent, (BA preferred).

At this time, TCI accreditation requires testing in the participant’s non-native language only. Proficiency in the NATIVE language is usually provided through a high school diploma or higher degree where the language of instruction is the native language of the candidate.  If the participant grew up in the U.S. speaking both languages testing in both languages may be required.

See Classes Offered tab for more information.

Classes Offered

Contact GlobeLink to reserve your seat or sign up online.

Training will be held at GlobeLink Foreign Language Center, 802 South Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

  • Total 40 hours – 5 sessions of 8 hours each (Sessions will include 30 min. lunch break)
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
  • Training fee: $695 – Minimum of 6 participants required
  • Price includes Course Material
  • Minimum of 6 participants required.
  • Language proficiency test fee: $75 per language. (See note below for prerequisites and exemption criteria).

Under the TCI® license agreement you must pass a neutral third-party language assessment.  The language proficiency testing ensures that there is a basic level of fluency in both English and the Target Language. If you already have a copy of your scores from a recognized fluency test, please contact us to determine if it can take the place of the required language assessment.

Note: A participant with a college degree from an accredited university where the working language was the instruction language can be exempt from the language proficiency test requirement for that language.


Schedule & Enrollment

* Classes are subject to cancellation if enrollment is below six students.

* Class registration deadline is two weeks prior to scheduled start date.

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