Qualifications

To become a qualified interpreter, the following criteria must be met.

Minimum education
High School or GED Diploma

 Oral language proficiency in English
Must have proof of one of the following:
• Graduation from any High School from an English language country or from an American School abroad.
• Bachelor, Masters, PhD, or any other degree from any U.S. institution of higher education
• TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 570+ on paper; 230+ on computer version; 90+ on iBT
• ACTFL oral exam (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) rating of “Advanced Mid ” or above
• Pacific Interpreters’ assessment rating of Good/Competent or Superior/Outstanding

Oral proficiency in other language(s)
Must have proof of one of the following:
• Graduation from any high school in that language(s)
• Bachelor, Masters, PhD, or any other degree from any institution of higher education in that language(s)
• ACTFL oral exam rating (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) of “Advanced Mid ” and above
• Pacific Interpreters’ assessment rating of Good/Competent or Superior/Outstanding

 Interpreter training
Must have proof of at least 12 hours of formal training on interpreter role, ethics, and interpreting skills