ISL Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting

Are you a Professional Interpreter and you would like a formal qualification? Or do you already hold a Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting Qualification and are looking to develop further and work towards accepting more complex assignments?If so, the Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting is the qualification for you.

  • 14 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied
  • Course Fee: ¬£954 (incl. VAT, assessment and accredited certificate, EASY PAYMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE!).¬†
  • Distance and Blended Learning
  • Approx. 6 months to complete
  • Accredited Qualification

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting is designed for interpreters who already have 50 or more hours of interpreting experience and are looking to further develop their specialisms and learn how to operate successfully as a freelancer. It is ideal for interpreters who are wishing to work toward higher level interpreting assignments such as legal interpreting or gain experience that will help gain a higher level interpreting qualification like the DPSI

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Course Description

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting will support you to develop your knowledge and skills as a professional, competent interpreter in public services. You can also focus your professional practice by choosing from a range of public services in which to specialise, meaning that you will be more attractive to Language Service providers and employers in the industry.

You will develop not only a detailed understanding of how to interpret in various situations, but also a thorough understanding of professional practice and the current debates in the specialist areas you choose. The course gives you the opportunity to develop your consecutive, simultaneous and telephone interpreting skills as well as providing you with the knowledge you need to run a successful freelance business.

The course has a 14 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied Рanother reason to sign up today and begin the next stage of your career.

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  • Face to Face interpreter
  • Telephone Interpreter


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You can start the process today by clicking the ‘Add to cart’ button below. Once completed, you could start the qualification within hours.[/expand]

[expand title=”How long does it take?”]

A qualification at Level 4 is 150 guided learning hours in total. The average length of time taken is 6-9 months, but you can complete it quicker if you already have skills, knowledge or experience of interpreting.[/expand]

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To successfully join this course, you need to have native speaker competence in your target language and as a minimum you must have Level 4 competence in all areas of your English language (level C1 on the Common European Framework, level 6.5 to 7.7 IELTS) and Level 5 language competence (level C2 on the Common European Framework, level 8.0 to 9.0 IELTS) in your first language.[/expand]

What do i need to be able to complete this course?

  • Access to the internet
  • A Skype account
  • PC or laptop. (Skype assessments don’t work on smart devices)
  • A webcam
  • A microphone/sound card for the computer, if it isn’t already installed

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The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting will teach you how to develop your interpreting and specialism skills and knowledge so that you can develop into a more professional and competent interpreter. It includes units on two way interpreting, translation and professional development alongside specialisms including health, immigration and the Criminal Justice System, and business knowledge.

How many credits is the qualification worth?

A minimum of 23 credits is required to pass the qualification.

Unit breakdown

Group A: Mandatory units

Unit A1: Interpret Two Way

Unit A2: Sight Translation from and into English

Unit A3: Professional Development in Community Interpreting

Group B: Optional units

Unit B1: Working as a Community Interpreter within Educational Settings

Unit B2: Working as a Community Interpreter within the Health Service

Unit B3: Working as a Community Interpreter within Mental Health Services

Unit B4: Working as a Community Interpreter within Social Services

Unit B5: Working as a Community Interpreter within Immigration Services

Unit B6: Working as a Community Interpreter within Housing Services

Unit B7: Working as a Community Interpreter within the Welfare Benefits System

Unit B8: Working as a Community Interpreter within the Criminal Justice System

Group C: Optional units

Unit C1: Telephone Interpreting

Unit C2: Community Interpreting Research Unit

Unit C3: Mentoring in Community Interpreting

Unit C4: Essential Enterprise Know How



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  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance from ISL in house accredited interpreters and learner support specialists
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor


[expand title=”How will you assess me?”]

The Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting is a vocational qualification, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments.

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To make our qualifications as accessible as possible, all of our students can choose to pay by installments, meaning you can earn as you learn.
For information on funding and discounts, please click here.[/expand]

[expand title=”How do I apply?”]

You can get started with your qualification today by completing the contact form here.[/expand]

[expand title=”What is the registration process?”]

At ISL, we want to be confident that everyone who is accepted onto our qualification has the right skill, knowledge and  ability to be able to successfully complete the learning experience. There are also certain things we need to do to be able to register you onto a nationally recognised qualification.

In total, there are 6 steps in the registration process, which are pictured below. At each step in the process we will give you clear instructions about where you are and what you need to do next and you can ask us questions whenever you feel the need to make the process as simple as possible.

The first step in the process is to register your interest, by clicking the ‘Add to Cart’ button above and completing checkout. Remember, applying won’t cost a penny.

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If you have questions about the course that are not answered above, please consult our list of FAQ’s by clicking here.

Sign Up and Information

If you are bilingual, or fluent in a second language, and are interested in achieving this qualification, you can sign up today by clicking the ‘Get Started Now’ button.


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