New Community Interpreting Qualification to Meet the Demand for Higher Skills

  • Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting is being exclusively provided by the International School of Linguists.
  • The new qualification offers specialist pathways to learners.
  • Qualification answers CBI’s call for ‘earn as you learn’.

10 November 2014 – Public sector employers can be confident their interpreters will be able to cope with the demands of professional interpreting after the creation of a new qualification, from the International School of Linguists (ISL), which teaches important business skills and allows linguists to specialise in areas such as health, education and criminal justice.

The qualification meets the recommendations in a newly-published CBI report that says employers are increasingly expecting higher levels of skill from their workforce, with half of all jobs expected to require workers to have completed a level 4 education or higher by 2022. It calls for more ‘earn as you learn’ training and an emphasis on vocational skills which are the cornerstones of the new qualification.

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting is being exclusively provided by ISL in association with Ascentis, and has been developed to equip linguists with the skills they need to work successfully in the public sector.

After completing the qualification, interpreters will have demonstrated competency in managing a variety of situations and behaviours they will come in to contact with. The option to choose a pathway allows linguists to gain specialist skills and to build a career as a competent interpreter in environments such as the criminal justice system and social services, with the potential this brings for increased employment opportunities.

Robert Mynett, General Manager of ISL, says: ‘Interpreting is much more than being able to understand a second language, it’s a skill that has to be developed, and the Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting has been designed to provide linguists with the tools they need to succeed in this highly competitive business.

‘By allowing learners to specialise in various pathways, they will become well equipped to succeed in different environments, and additional modules in finance, marketing and promotion will allow them to take their own business forward.’

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting is a vocational qualification, offering a blend of knowledge based and practical learning. It teaches skills in how to successfully start and run a business, and allows learners to choose pathways in sectors including education, health, social services, immigration and criminal justice.

It is available to those who are already working as interpreters and have at least 50 hours of experience, or those who already have the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting and wish to gain a further qualification.

For further information on the Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting, or to register your interest in other ISL qualifications, visit or call 0800 7573 475.

Updates on the course will be posted on Twitter: @ISL_Official and LinkedIn: International School of Linguists.

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