National Council on Interpreting in Health Care: Standards for Healthcare Interpreter Training Programs

The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care has developed National Standards for Healthcare Interpreting Training Programs.  These national standards are the result of two years of careful research and development, and are based on input from thousands of working interpreters, trainers, and educators.

The standards on Program Content are divided into Knowledge about the Healthcare Interpreting Profession, Language and Communication, Professional Practice, Health System, Culture, and Resources; and Interpreting Skills of Message Conversion, Modes of Interpreting, Interpreting Protocols, Cultural Brokering, Decision-making, and Translation in the Interpreting Context.

Standards on Instructional Methods include Interactive Methods, Guided Practice, Student Learning Needs, and Varied Teaching Methods, which in turn, include Presentation Methods, Skills-Building Exercises, Guided Practice, Critical Thinking Analysis, Structured Feedback, Self-Directed Study, Observation Followed by Discussion, and Practicum.

Programmatic Standards include Operational Policies, Program Design, Entry Requirements/Screening, Instructor Qualifications, and Student Assessment.

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