SETI Certification vs. Certificate

three VCU SETI Faculty members

Certification is the highest level of accreditation for interpreters. VCU does not offer certification. Certification is currently limited to two types of interpreting:

Certification of Court Interpreters

1) Federal Court Interpretation
The test is given once every two years. The written exam comes first, and will be given next in 2014. Those who pass the written exam may take the oral exam in 2015. For more information, see the website above and the website for the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination:

2) U.S. State Court System: The Supreme Court of Virginia
Workshops are held a few times a year. Click on the above link for details.

Certification of Medical Interpreters:

1) The International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) has spearheaded the certification of interpreters who work in the medical field. For more information about medical interpretation or the history of the certification efforts, click on the above link for details.

2) The certifying body is The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters

What Does VCU Offer?

Unlike State or National Certification, VCU offers a certificate. Certificate holders have successfully completed coursework in interpretation and translation, have used their skills in a community-based internship and have successfully passed an Exit Exam modeled on the State Court Interpreter Certification Exam. Certificate holders are NOT certified, but possess the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue certification at the State level.

There are other local programs who also offer training in interpretation. These are NOT certification programs. 

Other Local Resources

For Medical and Community-based Interpretation:

 Commonwealth Catholic Charities Interpreter Training Programs

Certification of Translators:

For Translation Certification see the American Translators Association 

For Literary translators:

The American Literary Translators Association