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Interpreter Training Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Most of our training is provided on-demand and online. Students use a computer or tablet with internet access.

We offer our students a popular payment plan option. And unlike other companies, we don’t charge you interest. We allow a total of four payments. To get started with your lessons, all you need is a first payment of $200. You can sign up HERE.

ALTA does not do job placement, however, we prepare our students for success with our module on how to find work as an interpreter, our facebook alumni network, and a directory of national interpretation agencies.

All you will need is an internet-enabled laptop or tablet, an internet connection, and a pen and paper

No problem. You will still be able to see your teacher.

Our online courses are compatible with PC, Mac, Linux, Unix, and Solaris systems.

Yes. Your lessons and course books are in English, however, your activities and homework prompt you to work in your target language. We also have language-specific course enhancements available.

You can extend your course materials access for 16 more weeks for $100.

If you aren’t completely satisfied with your training and you notify our team within 14 days of your course purchase, we’ll refund your money. Period.

We know what works and are confident in the quality of our courses and our ability to meet student goals. Try us! You have nothing to lose.

When you sign up for a 40-hour medical interpreter training course, think of it as a level 1 credential for interpreters. Graduating from a 40-hour training course will qualify you to work professionally as a medical interpreter. If you want to be officially “certified”, you will need to take national exams. Those exams are administered by either the CCHI or NBCMI. The first step toward working as an interpreter AND earning your national certification status is taking a 40-hour course.

Your ALTA certificate will satisfy not one, but three prerequisites in your application for national certification exams: proof of English proficiency, proof of other language proficiency, and proof of interpreter training.

A Certificate from ALTA services will qualify you to apply for interpretation jobs all over the nation. However, we always encourage you to contact your local interpretation vendors to understand their employment requirements.

All of our students have access to a comprehensive directory of interpretation agencies, categorized by state. We also provide our students with a course chapter on how to find work as an interpreter.

ALTA’s trainers are experienced medical interpretation professionals.

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