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Language Interpreter Training

Certificate of Achievement

Program Code: LI91

The Language Interpreter Training certificate program is a program intended to provide bilingual learners who wish to work as community language interpreters in the legal, health-care and social service areas with the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver effective interpreter services.

The program was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ministry of the Attorney General, and health and social service agencies.

This 180-hour certificate program (six 30-hour credit courses) will provide you with training in standards of practice and ethical principles, which underlie interpreting services while focusing on the skills necessary to provide interpretation in various forms, primarily focusing upon consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, sight translation, note taking, telephone protocol and their application in various settings.

By exposing you to relevant situations, you will have the opportunity to apply your skills and consolidate your knowledge, thereby demonstrating your abilities to effectively provide introductory level interpreting services.

Admission Requirements

Fully bilingual in English and another language.

Additional Information

Students in the Language Interpreter Training Certificate (LITC) program must take and pass all six courses in order to graduate. If students wish to become certified interpreters with the Ontario Council on Community Interpreting (OCCI) upon graduating, they must meet the OCCI accreditation requirements, including the successful completion of the Interpreter Language and Skills Assessment Tool (ILSAT), Community Interpreter Language and Interpreting Skills Assessment Tool (CILISAT), or Court Interpreter Certification Exam (CTTIC/OTTIAQ/MAG).

Three courses are offered each semester with each running for six hours a week (two evenings) for five weeks. This allows students to complete the certificate in two semesters. Students can take courses in any order, except for LITC 106 which must be the final class students complete. 

If you are an interpreter working in the field, you may be able to apply your work experience and training towards the LITC Certificate through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

Graduates of the MCIS Language Solutions program need to complete LITC 104 and LITC 106 in order to receive the Humber College Language Interpreter Training Certificate. The PLAR form to be exempted from LITC 101, 102, 103 and 105 can be found here.

The LITC program continues to enhance student learning by bringing in guests from various sectors of the interpreting industries. LITC has welcomed individuals from Access Alliance, Sick Kids Hospital, University Health Network (UHN), Humber College’s Career and Advancement Services, Global Translations, Exacta Interpreting, LITC Alumni, Ministry of Attorney General (MAG), MCIS, Multi-Languages Corporation,  APLI & ATIO, Student Court Interpreting Observations, and more. 

When you have completed the required courses in the certificate program, you need to apply to graduate. Please contact the Registration Office at with your name, student number, and program name in order to receive your certificate.

Online Information Sessions

Humber offers online information sessions for students interested in the Language Interpreter Certificate program, as well as PLAR sessions for working interpreters during our online information sessions. There is no cost for these online information sessions.

Our next information session is:
Date: Monday, April 12, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Online, please email to register


Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Winter semester. Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components. Humber may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.

How to Register

You are required to register for each individual course included in a CE program. You can register for a course by selecting it and following the instructions in the “How to Register” box.


Each CE program is comprised of a series of courses which may all have different fees. You are required to register for each course individually and pay the associated fees. Once you select the course, the fee is displayed in the “How to Register” box.

Contact Information

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Innovative Learning, Department of Continuing Education

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person. On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Select information only is included in this printable PDF. For complete program details, refer to

Print/Download Date: April 12, 2021