How to Become an Interpreter
Interpreting is a wonderful and rewarding profession.
If you are interested in becoming an ASL-English Interpreter, there are five ASL-English Interpreting Programs (AEIPs) offered in Canada. In Ontario, George Brown College now offers a four year Honours Bachelor of Interpretation (American Sign Language – English) degree program.
ASL-English Interpreting Programs offered in Canada:
- Ontario - George Brown College (Honours Bachelor of Interpretation ASL-English degree)
- British Columbia - Douglas College (Sign Language Interpretation diploma)
- Alberta - Lakeland College (Sign Language Interpretation diploma)
- Manitoba - Red River College & University of Manitoba (ASL-English Interpretation Diploma/Bachelor of Arts degree)
- Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia Community College (ASL-English Interpretation diploma)
- Ontario- George Brown College offers Deaf Interpreter training through the Bachelor of Interpretation (ASL-English) degree program. Training/screening is also provided through The Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf (OCSD) and The Canadian Hearing Society's OIS DI Screening. Visit the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC) website for more information on joining AVLIC as a Deaf Interpreter -ASL Version
French-LSQ Interpreter Training Program
If you are interested in becoming an LSQ-French Interpreter, there is a program offered in Montreal, Quebec.
To apply to a program, contact the program in which you are interested. Each program can provide you with the pre-requisites for admission. See AVLIC's reccomendatons for choosing an Interpreter Education Program (AIEP)
If you are looking for an OASLI Interpreter, please visit the OASLI Members' Directory of Interpreters