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Introduction to Interpreting Skills

Interpreting is more than just speaking two languages, it is an acquired skill that is exciting to learn. Join us for the next course.

This course is offered at NQF level 5 and aims to equip students with no prior formal interpreting training with interpreting skills at a community-based level, as well as to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge and improve their ability to reflect on the process of interpreting in the South African context.

Upcoming course: 07 February - 07 April 2023 

Registration Closed

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic upcoming courses may run ONLINE.

Course Fee

The course costs R11 500.

Classes are subject to a minimum of 8 students. We reserve the right not to run a particular course in an intake if there is insufficient demand. 


This course runs for 8 weeks (40 hours)


Participants who meet all minimum requirements for the course are awarded a certificate of competence. 

Programme Overview

Introduction to Interpreting skills can be taken as a stand-alone course or as the first course as part of the Diploma in Legal Interpreting.

This course allows students to build on the necessary skill set that is required to specifically enhance their language proficiency within their mother tongue language. This will enhance their capabilities to provide adequate interpreting skills by equipping learners with some basic memorization techniques, better note-taking and trains them in the art of managing speech turns in interpreting situations.

The Diploma in Legal Interpreting, which is accredited by SASSETA, is aimed at upgrading language practitioners’ skills in interpreting and thereby improving their career prospects. Qualifying students who pass the Diploma in Legal Interpreting will be able to apply to enroll in Postgraduate Diploma in Translation or Interpreting at Wits, subject to terms and conditions set by the University Senate.
This course starts on 26 January 2022.

This course is presented in a blended learning format. This means that the course has an online component as well as face-to-face sessions from 26 January - 25 March 2022, from 09:00 - 15:30 daily. 


SASSETA accredited Diploma in Legal interpreting

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • Grade 12 or equivalent (approved by SAQA).
  • Fluent English.
  • Fluent in at least one other language.
  • Basic computer literacy.
Career Opportunities

Having successfully completed this course provides the skills to work as an entry-level interpreter in community-based settings.  It also opens up further study opportunities in interpreting.