Understand Your Role: How Interpreters Make Decisions About Role Boundaries

SKU#: 36 Understand Your Role
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A guide to the most hotly-debated topic in community interpreting: the interpreter’s role.

Course length:  1.5 hours  

Course access period: 60 days from purchase date

Once purchased, course access cannot be paused.

Course completion requirements: Pass one exit test (score of 70% or above).

Certificate: Downloadable certificate available immediately upon passing the exit test.


  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI): 1.5 CCHI CE hours
  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 1.5 CE credits
  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 1.5 OCCI PDUs

Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain how the role of the interpreter supports communicative autonomy.
  • Analyze and evaluate interpreter decision-making about role boundary challenges.

What you will get:

  • Your video instructor: Omari Jeremiah, MA
  • 9 interactive exercises, including scenarios to assess the interpreter’s role and a role play in 9 language pairs.
  • Guidance on how to clarify your role.
  • A valuable three-step model on “how to say no” to unprofessional requests.
  • Sections from The Community Interpreter®: An International Textbook and The Medical Interpreter: A Foundation Textbook for Medical Interpreting
  • Course completion certificate

 How this lesson will improve your practice:

You will:

  • Have a better understanding of the interpreter’s role and why it matters.
  • Know how to clarify your role.
  • Have tools to decide if requests fall into your role or outside it.
  • See how interpreters need to have a shared understanding of their role to avoid confusion.
  • Understand that role “limitations” can also be a strength.
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