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Community Interpreting Training

Building new opportunities for becoming an interpreter in the workplace

Students in this course will master the art of community interpreting which includes interpreting in medical, educational, business, and social services settings. Students will also hone their ability to listen, understand, and convey the verbal message accurately and completely from source to target language. Participants learn different modes of interpretation, how to manage the flow of communication, and the dynamics of a three-way interview.

Our Community Interpreting Training (CIT) is nationally recognized, and fulfills the minimum 40-hour training requirement by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI), and prepares participants for national certification. 

Time & Participation

The course employs heavy participatory training techniques in an active learning environment including role plays, group discussions, and practice in various interpreting settings. The training is divided into 60 hours of in-class training with an additional 20-hour practicum, for a total of 80 hours of training.  

Language Proficiency

This course requires participants to be fluent in English as well as at least one other language. Upon application, an in-person interview will be scheduled followed by a possible language assessment.

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Tuition for this course is $1,000. We offer a language proficiency exam for those students who need to take a 3rd party language evaluation. 

There is also a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit fee of $125 due with your application. This fee will go toward tuition, and the remainder balance of $875 is due prior to the first day of class.

Money order or check are made payable to:


Mail to: 

Pinpoint Translation Services 
Attn: CIT
645 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907

More Information

Class size is limited to 15 participants, therefore early registration is strongly encouraged.

In order to receive a certificate of successful completion, students must pass both written and oral final exams (with a minimum score of 70% for written and 75% for the oral exam). 

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Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island strives to create a welcoming environment for all, working to empower the most vulnerable among us for more than 100 years. We meet our clients where they are by providing integrated, wraparound programs and services helping those seeking to overcome educational, cultural, economic, and language barriers.