Standards for Training
In May 2011, the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care released National Standards for Healthcare Interpreter Training Programs. These standards provide guidance for interpreters, educators and administrators on what sort of training healthcare interpreters should receive before entry into practice.
Click here to see the Standards document.
Why do we need them?
Establishing standards for training programs is the fourth of five steps in the National Council’s strategy for advancing the field of healthcare interpreting.
1. Agreement on the role of the healthcare interpreter
4. National Standards for Training Programs
How were the standards developed?
Here are the steps:
1. Find out what is already known
The process started with a review of what is known about:
This was done through a literature review of existing healthcare interpreter training programs, an interpreter job analysis, and a series of focus groups held around the country.
2. Form a Project Advisory Group
A Project Advisory Group was convened, comprising experts with extensive experience in different fields relevant to the training of interpreters.
3. Draft Standards
4. Get feedback from interpreters, trainers and administrators
5. Revise and finalize the Standards
6. Disseminate the Standards
How long did the process take?
Where can I get more information?
If you have questions, or if you would like to comment on the Standards, contact the Chair or Vice-chair of NCIHC’s Standards, Training and Certification Committee:
Katherine Langan, Standards and Training Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org