A lot of misconceptions surround the interpreting profession.
Let us break down some of the most common ones.
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“I’m bilingual, so I’m a competent interpreter.”
Many bilingual persons are capable of becoming good interpreters. However, being able to speak two languages is not enough. Being a good interpreter requires a complex skill set which must be acquired through training and experience.
“I don’t need interpreting skills, I need language-specific help to pass the certification exam.”
Omissions are one of the main reasons interpreters do not pass certification exams for medical and court interpreting. Guided exercises to strengthen interpreting skills are one of the best ways to avoid common pitfalls.
“I’ve been working as an interpreter for years! I don’t need to study for my upcoming certification exam.”
Preparation is essential to passing certification exams. The Consortium Exam for court interpreters has a low passing rate, and many of those who don’t pass are experienced interpreters. Exams for medical interpreter certification also test specific skills and knowledge that an untrained interpreter may be unaware of. Enrolling in a course that covers the specific skills tested by the exam is one of the best ways to prepare yourself. Investing in training now will save you time and money in the long run!
“Once you are a certified interpreter, you can forget about training.”
For court interpreters, most states require Continuing Education credits in order to renew your certification. If you don’t accumulate the required amount in time, you must take the exam again to be re-certified. The same goes for nationally-certified medical interpreters. In addition, continuing education is important to upholding personal standards and demonstrating your dedication to the interpreting profession.
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