Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting

download course brochureAre you a Professional Interpreter and you would like a formal qualification? Or do you already hold a Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting Qualification and are looking to develop further and work towards accepting more complex assignments?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to these questions, the Level 4 Certificate in community Interpreting is a perfect fit.

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting is designed for interpreters who already have 50 or more hours of interpreting experience and are looking to further develop their specialisms and learn how to operate successfully as a freelancer. It is ideal for interpreters who are wishing to work toward higher level interpreting assignments such as legal interpreting or gain experience that will help gain a higher level interpreting qualification like the DPSI .

Upon completion of your Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting you will be able to work directly with clients who require interpreters or for Language Service Providers who will find assignments on your behalf, both in person or on the telephone from the comfort of your own home.

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting will support you to develop your knowledge and skills as a professional, competent interpreter in public services.  You can also focus your professional practice by choosing from a range of public services in which to specialise, meaning that you will be more attractive to Language Service providers and employers in the industry.

You will develop not only a detailed understanding of how to interpret in various situations, but also a thorough understanding of professional practice and the current debates in the specialist areas you choose. The course gives you the opportunity to develop your consecutive, simultaneous and telephone interpreting skills as well as providing you with the knowledge you need to run a successful freelance business.

The course has a 14 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied – another reason to sign up today and begin the next stage of your career.


What jobs will I be able to do?

  • Face to Face interpreter
  • Telephone Interpreter

In these roles, you could earn between £30 and £60 per hour (source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk).

When can I start?

You can start the process today by filing in the sign up form below. Once completed, you can start the qualification within days.  

How long does it take?

The average length of time taken is 6-8 months, but you can complete it quicker if you already have skills, knowledge and experience of interpreting.

Are there any requirements?

To successfully join this course, you need to have native speaker competence in your target language and as a minimum you must have Level 4 competence in all areas of your English language (level C1 on the Common European Framework, level 6.5 to 7.7 IELTS) and Level 5 language competence (level C2 on the Common European Framework, level 8.0 to 9.0 IELTS) in your first language.

What will I learn?

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting will teach you how to develop your interpreting and specialism skills and knowledge so that you can develop into a more professional and competent interpreter. It includes units on two way interpreting, translation and professional development alongside specialisms including health, immigration and the Criminal Justice System, and business knowledge.

How many credits is the qualification worth?

A minimum of 23 credits is required to pass the qualification.

Unit breakdown

Group A: Mandatory units

Unit A1:  Interpret Two Way

Unit A2: Sight Translation from and into English

Unit A3: Professional Development in Community Interpreting

Group B: Optional units

Unit B1:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Educational Settings

Unit B2:  Working as a Community Interpreter within the Health Service

Unit B3:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Mental Health Services

Unit B4:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Social Services

Unit B5:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Immigration Services

Unit B6:  Working as a Community Interpreter within Housing Services

Unit B7:  Working as a Community Interpreter within the Welfare Benefits System

Unit B8:  Working as a Community Interpreter within the Criminal Justice System

Group C: Optional units

Unit C1:   Telephone Interpreting

Unit C2:   Community Interpreting Research Unit

Unit C3:  Mentoring in Community Interpreting

Unit C4:  Essential Enterprise Know How

What support will I have?

  • Personalised Individual Learning Plan
  • Career Guidance
  • High quality course online course materials
  • Optional one-to-one mentoring support via phone, email and online
  • Affiliate Membership with ISL
  • Access to regular webinars and workshops
  • 24-hour access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Guidance and support from you assigned, qualified Assessor

How will you assess me?

The Level 4 Certificate in Community Interpreting is a vocational qualification, which means that you will be assessed by demonstrating your ability to do the job through various assignments which could include observation, conversation, answering questions, collecting evidence or submitting assignments.

Can I apply for funding or discounts?

To make our qualifications as accessible as possible, all of our students can choose to pay by interest free installments, meaning you can earn as you learn.

For information on funding and discounts, please click here

How do I apply?

You can get started with your qualification today by completing the sign up form below. One of our team of experts will call you back to give you further details and tell you what is next.

  • 30 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied
  • Course Fee: £795 (payable in interest free instalments by request) 
  • Distance and Blended Learning
  • Approx. 6 months to complete
  • Accredited Qualification

What is the registration process?

At ISL, we want to be confident that everyone who is accepted onto our qualification has the right skill, knowledge and  ability to be able to successfully complete the learning experience. There are also certain things we need to do to be able to register you onto a nationally recognised qualification.

In total, there are 6 steps in the registration process, which are pictured below. At each step in the process we will give you clear instructions about where you are and what you need to do next and you can ask us questions whenever you feel the need to make the process as simple as possible.

The first step in the process is to register your interest, by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.

Stage 1


If you have questions about the course that are not answered above, please consult our list of FAQ’s by clicking here.

Sign Up and Information

If you are bilingual, or fluent in a second language, and are interested in achieving this qualification, you can sign up today by clicking here and pressing the ‘Get started now’ button.