Universities and Interpreter Certification

Holly Mikkelson
2013 Translation and Interpreting : the International Journal of Translation and Interpreting Research  
Interpreter certification is a relatively recent trend in the interpreting profession, but it is rapidly gaining favor as a mechanism for guaranteeing quality for the users of interpreting services. This article begins with a definition of terms and a brief discussion of the history of interpreter certification in different countries. Then it analyzes the thorny issues that have arisen as different certification programs have developed, most particularly the contrast between high expectations
more » ... high expectations and the lack of training for prospective interpreters. The roles that academic and government institutions have played in the process will be discussed, and recommendations will be made for improving certification procedures, with particular emphasis on the contributions that universities can make in terms of curricular development and research.
doi:10.12807/ti.105201.2013.a03 fatcat:vrtpwyexurccxjh67ukd5jqvua