How to Perform Standard Interpreting Protocols

SKU#: 20 Interpreting Protocols
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An overview, with guided practice, of basic procedures and protocols for professional interpreting in medical, community, educational and non-courtroom legal settings.

Course length: 1.5 hours

Course access period: 60 days from purchase date

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Course completion requirements: Pass one exit test (score of 70% or above).

Certificate: Downloadable certificate available immediately upon passing the exit test.


  • Washington State Department of Social Health Services: 1.5 DSHS CECs
  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 1.5 CE credits
  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 1.5 OCCI PDUs

Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss and practice four protocols for medical and community interpreting: positioning, introductions, direct speech and turn-taking.
  • Make decisions about when and how to perform these four protocols during interpreting assignments.

What you will get:

How this lesson will improve your practice:

You will:

  • Understand what interpreting protocols are, their purpose and why they matter.
  • Know how to perform four basic interpreting protocols professionally.
  • Be able to select a position for all parties that supports direct communication.
  • Be familiar with advantages and disadvantages of various interpreter positions.
  • Understand why to avoid eye contact while interpreting (with differences between spoken and signed interpreting).
  • Know what to do with your gaze while you interpret.
  • Be able to conduct a professional interpreter introduction. 

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