Interpreter Training

Introduction into Community Interpreting is a 12 hour training that prepares spoken language interpreters for interpreting in medical, social service and educational settings. The training involves interpreting exercises, ethical dilemma case studies, and role-plays. Introduction into Community Interpreting is a language-neutral training. Attendees who successfully complete the test at the end of the program will receive a training completion certificate.

Focus Areas:

  • The Role of the Community Interpreter
  • Interpreter Code of Ethics & Confidentiality
  • Interpreting Protocols & Skills
  • Modes of Interpreting

Dates & Location:

  • 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on July 18, 20, 25 & 27, 2017
  • Portland Adult Education, 14 Locust Street, Portland


Registration Information:

  • To register, submit the Registration Form by Monday, July 10, 2017.
  • Space is limited to 15 attendees


  • Oral proficiency in English. One of the following is required:
    • Bachelors, Masters, PhD, or any other degree from a US institution of higher education
    • Graduation from any high school, college, or university from an English language country
    • ACTFL Oral Exams (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages): Advanced Mid Level
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570+ on paper; 230+ on computer version; 90+ on iBT
  • Oral proficiency in the target language. One of the following is required:


Dolgormaa Hersom is a medical and legal interpreter of the Mongolian and Russian languages, and has been working in the field of language access in Maine for over twenty years. As the Project Director of Language Access for New Americans (LANA) with the United Way of Greater Portland, Ms. Hersom was responsible for developing the Basic Skills of Interpreting course and the Medical Interpreter Training that are currently offered by the Southern Maine Community College. As a consultant for the State of Maine Judicial Branch, Ms. Hersom administered the Court Interpreter Certification Examinations and assisted with the development of the Court Interpreter Trainings. Ms. Hersom is the founder and owner of House of Languages.

Questions? Call 207-423-9962 or email

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