State of OK Offers Health Service Interpreter Certification Program

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A new Health Service Interpreter Certification Program has been developed to provide training for persons seeking to be state- certified health care interpreters.

The program will focus on training and certifying interpreters to provide language interpretation services in all languages spoken in Oklahoma.

The first training will be in Oklahoma City from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14-16 at the Metro Technology Springlake Campus Economic Development Center in Oklahoma City. Officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health are encouraging health departments, clinics, hospitals, state agencies, private medical centers and persons who own their own language interpretation businesses to become state certified as medical interpreters.

We want to encourage every medical community to register at least one of their current eligible staff for this or future training sessions, said Demetrio Gutierrez, minority health liaison for the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The training will be the first certified interpreter program in Oklahoma and will be one of only a handful of such programs offered in the United States. Training consists of 20 hours of direct contact instruction in language and cultural aspects of communication, followed by a written exam in English and a verbal exam in the target language selected.

The interpreter certification exam will be offered separately from the training. …


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