Starting your career

There are many routes into a career as a professional public service interpreter in the UK for those that are fluent in both English and a second language (or more!) including for those who are looking for a career change later in life.

The minimum requirement for most paid public service interpreting assignments is a Level 3 qualification like the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting (CIC). This can be done as a classroom-based course and assessment or as an online exam with optional webinar-based preparation course (both of which we offer). This provides a strong foundation on which to forge a successful career.

Because public service interpreters tend to work in sensitive settings with potentially vulnerable people, gaining a specialist qualification like our online Level 2 Safeguarding Adults and Children at Risk can also be beneficial.

Gaining as much experience as possible at the beginning of your career is crucial. A positive place to start is volunteering for a charity or shadowing practising interpreters to gain first-hand experience of the settings, scenarios and skills involved in the role.

Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting (CCI) - online

As someone at the start of your career with little experience, you can now gain a Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting (CCI) completely online with our webinar-based preparation course and videoconference exam bundle.

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