Why Get Trained?

Would you like to help break the language and cultural barrier between parties trying to communicate orally?

Have you already been interpreting and would like to become a professional?

Are you planning to sit for one of the national exams?

In addition to any of these possible reasons for attending a training, consider: the increased globalization of industries, both domestic and abroad, dictate an increased need for language services. In fact, interpretation and translation are among the fastest growing professions in the United States, projected to grow over 25% over the next five years.

The Course

The Community Interpreter, International Edition – Medical: A Language Neutral Course

We offer a 48-60 hour introductory course on the interpreting profession’s ethics and standards of practice, skills and protocols, how to best address culture, the settings in which interpreting is provided and terminology learning strategies. The National Board of Certification of Medical Interpreters and the Commission for the Certification of Healthcare Interpreters require 40 hours of formal health care interpreter training, which can be satisfied by attending one of our trainings.

The Instructor

Lorena Ortiz Schneider is a Licensed Lead Trainer for The Community Interpreter® International Edition. She is a Monterey Institute (MIIS) Graduate, Administrative Hearing Certified Interpreter for the State of California and an ATA Certified Translator. She has interpreted at the conference level, for the US Department of State, in medical, legal, workers’ compensation, government, private industry, social services and school settings.

Lorena is in her 5th year training medical interpreters, with a loyal client base and a number of participants who have gone on to use their foundational training from our course to attain certification.


This course is open to native speakers, advanced students of foreign languages and heritage speakers. Interpreting demands a high level of language proficiency, so we recommend that participants be at the Advanced level of language proficiency per ACTFL standards. Participants can self-evaluate themselves here

Participant Requirements

For participants to be successful, consistent attendance and homework completion are necessary. Interpreting role-plays are a part of every class. All participants will give and receive constructive feedback after every role-play interaction. The instructor will also provide constructive feedback, so all can learn.


Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Successful Completion and attain a strong foundation for continued interpreting training or test-taking.

What Students are Saying

“You totally rocked this class! You are awesome and I can tell you love what you do.”

“Lorena is a well prepared and knowledgeable instructor. Everything was well explained and demonstrated.”

“Great organization, calm and collected. Easy to follow instruction. You provided a space for all to readily be engaged with a clear sense of focus.”

Find Out More

Contact us to learn more about how you can receive training for yourself or your group.