Community Interpreting

CERTA Level 2 Award in Preparation for Work in Community Interpreting

Our next face-to-face course will be in September 2021:

.Assessments: online from 2nd August 2021 (please contact the Centre if you will need support to access the online materials)

Course: at St John’s Centre on Mondays 10.30am-3pm from 13th September – 29th November (11 weeks with break for Half Term)

The course is free to learners on means tested benefits, or a low income. Help may also be available for travel and childcare costs.

To enrol for an assessment for this course, please call 0161 696 5472 or email

The Level 2 Award is for students who are interested in community interpreting work in a voluntary or paid capacity in a range of settings, including housing, education, social care, welfare benefits, immigration and health. The Award is suitable for students who wish to gain knowledge and skills of community interpreting including the role of codes of practice, and learn about the settings where interpreters may be required to work.

This course will include Level 1 qualifications in Mental Health Awareness and Stress Awareness. These units support learners to gain a wider knowledge of the mental health issues that can affect people’s lives, and explore the common misconceptions of mental health difficulties and how stress affects our lives.

To join this course, you must be a confident speaker of English and be fluent in at least one other language. You also need to be able to read and write English at Level 1.

After you finish this course, you may be able to go on to:

  • Work – many of our learners move straight into work with interpreting agencies after completing the Level 2 course
  • Volunteering – if you want to gain experience before looking for paid work, we will support you to find volunteer interpreting work at St John’s Centre or elsewhere
  • Further study – if there is enough interest, we may be able to offer a Level 3 Community Interpreting course in the future.