Community Interpreter Training

The MCA offers training in-class and online!

In-Class Training

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo (MCA) provides Community Interpreter Training in-class for eligible individuals.

This program allows bilingual individuals of various educational backgrounds to obtain certification as Community Interpreters.

In this training, participants can enjoy small-class sizes with a chance to learn about the different cultures represented within the room. Our in-class training program includes training manuals, 70 hours of class time, and both a knowledge exam and CILISAT (Community Interpreter Language and Interpreting Skills Assessment Tool) proficiency exam for certification.

If you are interested in our in-class Community Interpreter Training, please email

Online Courses

If you have work, school or family commitments that make it hard to come to a classroom setting, online education is perfect for you. You will have the freedom to study where and when you want.


MCA's online courses can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection and covers the same curriculum as in-class courses. Students of online programs receive full support during their course.


Once the online course is completed, you will be ready to take the final exam. The final exam is a two-hour online test.

Community Interpreter Training

This training course is designed for bilingual individuals who wish to further their

knowledge or gain new knowledge of interpreting protocols. This course is based on 70 hours of training and includes training materials, case studies, audio recordings, video demonstrations and quizzes.

The course includes:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Community Interpreting

  • Unit 2: The Community Intepreter's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

  • Unit 3: The Roles, Boundaries and Essential Practices of the Community Interpreter

  • Unit 4: Theory of Interpreting and Memory Development

  • Unit 5: Culture-Bridging Skills

  • Unit 6: Communication Skills and Interpreting

  • Unit 7: Sight-Translating and Note-Taking

  • Unit 8: Managing the Interpretation

  • Unit 9: Interpretation Practice


To obtain certification in Community Interpretation Protocols and Procedures, you must achieve a successful score of 75% or better in a two-hour online examination. The test items correspond directly to the subject matter contained in the course. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Cost for Online Workbook and Exam:

C$455.00 plus taxes

If you do not pass the examination, you may purchase additional exam vouchers. Cost of additional exam vouchers:

CAD $125.00 plus taxes.