Interpreter training and scholarships

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2014 Interpreter Scholarship Program

The Department of Premier and Cabinet, through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC), provides scholarships of up to $2,000 to students enrolled in the RMIT University Diploma of Interpreting. More information about this course is available at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/programs/c5291

Applications for the 2014 scholarships have closed. The scholarship languages for 2014 are Punjabi in Melbourne and Karen in Bendigo. Scholarship languages are selected each year in consultation with government service providers and language service providers. 

Students who complete the course with a grade of 70 per cent or higher become eligible for National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) paraprofessional accreditation. NAATI is the agency responsible for setting professional standards for interpreting and translating in Australia. OMAC also covers the costs of obtaining NAATI accreditation.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency. Applicants should also be fluent in English and one of the target languages, and be interested in working as an interpreter.

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Professional Development Program for Translators and Interpreters

The Professional Development Program for Translators and Interpreters is being delivered by Monash University between September 2014 and June 2016.  The Program will provide short courses for practicing interpreters and translators to further develop their skills and knowledge to effectively deliver language services in the community. It also provides a transition into practice for recent graduates of translating and interpreting programs, and an introductory course for aspiring interpreters. The Program is open to all languages and the courses will be delivered in English.  Courses will be offered in Melbourne, Ballarat, Geelong, Morwell and Wodonga.  These short courses attract AUSIT PD points for revalidation with NAATI. Trainees obtained a ‘Certificate of Completion’ provided they attended 90% of classes and completed other relevant requirements.

For more information about the Program, and for application forms, click here 

Upcoming Courses 

Entry-Level (Community) Interpreting – Melbourne (Caulfield campus)

September – October 2014 over eight weeknights.

This short course is intended for people with high-level language skills in English and in another language or languages. The short course is for people who have no previous formal training in interpreting but who have an interest in becoming an interpreter. The short course teaches the following skills: basic dialogue interpreting, introduction to ethics, competence in active listening, accurate repetition, memory retention and note-taking. The short course covers terminology and features of interpreting in the medical, legal and social security fields and also develops participants’ understanding of the professional role and responsibilities of interpreters in the Australian community, including socio-cultural aspects. This short course does not include NAATI accreditation. For trainees who are interested in gaining NAATI accreditation, further training and testing is required and this short course will provide information about how to gain this.

The fee for this short course is $660 (incl. GST).  A limited number of bursaries that cover the full cost of the course may be available. Applications for this course are due by Wednesday 27 August 2014.

See the course flyer here

 

Entry-Level (Community) Interpreting – Geelong

September – October 2014 over two weekends

This short course is intended for people with high-level language skills in English and in another language or languages. The short course is for people who have no previous formal training in interpreting but who have an interest in becoming an interpreter. The short course teaches the following skills: basic dialogue interpreting, introduction to ethics, competence in active listening, accurate repetition, memory retention and note-taking. The short course covers terminology and features of interpreting in the medical, legal and social security fields and also develops participants’ understanding of the professional role and responsibilities of interpreters in the Australian community, including socio-cultural aspects. This short course does not include NAATI accreditation. For trainees who are interested in gaining NAATI accreditation, further training and testing is required and this short course will provide information about how to gain this.

The fee for this short course is $660 (incl. GST).  A limited number of bursaries that cover the full cost of the course may be available. Applications for this course are due by Tuesday 9 September 2014.

See course flyer here

 

Health Interpreting – Melbourne (Caulfield campus)

October – November 2014 over six weeknights.

This short course explores best practices associated with interpreting in healthcare settings. Contextual overviews are given of the healthcare system, medical specialisations and the roles of healthcare professionals. Interpreting issues are then discussed in relation to hospital and community health settings, aged care, maternity and child health, and medical consultations related to sexual health and blood-borne viruses. The role of the interpreter and ethical issues, cultural and other sensitivities, medical terminology, and interpreting techniques are explored through interactive activities.

The fee for this course is $495 (incl. GST). A limited number of bursaries that cover the full cost of the course may be available. Applications for this course are due by Monday 29 September 2014.

See course flyer here

 

Entry-Level Community Interpreting – Ballarat

November 2014 over two weekends.

This short course is intended for people with high-level language skills in English and in another language or languages. The short course is for people who have no previous formal training in interpreting but who have an interest in becoming an interpreter. The short course teaches the following skills: basic dialogue interpreting, introduction to ethics, competence in active listening, accurate repetition, memory retention and note-taking. The short course covers terminology and features of interpreting in the medical, legal and social security fields and also develops participants’ understanding of the professional role and responsibilities of interpreters in the Australian community, including socio-cultural aspects. This short course does not include NAATI accreditation. For trainees who are interested in gaining NAATI accreditation, further training and testing is required and this short course will provide information about how to gain this.

The fee for this short course is $660 (incl. GST).  A limited number of bursaries that cover the full cost of the course may be available. Applications for this course are due by Monday 3 November 2014.

See course flyer here 

 

Legal Interpreting – Melbourne (Caulfield campus)

November – December 2014 over six weeknights.

This short course establishes the principles and practices associated with interpreting in legal settings. Contextual overviews are given of the Australian legal system, the criminal justice system, the court system and Legal Aid. Participants will familiarise themselves with legal discourse and terminology in these areas. The role of the interpreter and ethical issues, procedures, protocol and interpreting techniques are explored in settings such as lawyer-client interactions, police interviews and tribunal hearings.

The fee for this course is $495 (incl. GST). A limited number of bursaries that cover the full cost of the course may be available. Applications for this course are due by  Wednesday 29 October 2014.

See course flyer here

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:47
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