Interpreters and Interpreter Associations
Professional community interpreters need an accreditation that is recognized and marketable across the province and, eventually, the country. The title of OCCI Accredited Community Interpreter (ACI) will be the credential that agencies and interpretation service consumers will look for when hiring an interpreter in the legal, healthcare, social services, education, and private sectors. Click here to see the OCCI's interpreter accreditation framework.
Individuals seeking to become community interpreters need to know what training to choose if they aim be to become accredited. Please go to the Trainers and Testers page to learn about college training programs and the Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) program.
Further to the PLAR program, the OCCI has proposed a grandfathering protocol through which interpreters trained prior to January 1, 2015 will be evaluated according to established OCCI accreditation requirements for recognition.
If you are looking for more information about the application process, please click here.
If you are ready to apply, please fill the application form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For application fees click here.
If you are applying for Medical or Legal Specialization, click here to download a letter to ISPs explaining the requirement for documentation of hours of interpretation experience for those Interpreters who are applying for Legal and/or Medical Specialization.
Whether you are an interpreter who has been working in Ontario for years, or if you are a bilingual individual who is interested in becoming a community interpreter, we encourage you to stay informed of the development of the OCCI's accreditation framework.
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