Do you want to become an interpreter? Our interpreting training program is a great option for a lot of students! Our program is a private program which is held on a collegiate level. It's a full ITP/IPP which provides classes to local or distance students from the lowest of levels to the most advanced level of classes. This program is entirely one-on-one which makes it an ideal program for students wanting individualized learning.
For more information about our ITP take a few minutes to read through the commonly asked questions written below. Feel free to contact us if you have additional questions.
How long does it take to work your way through the program?
It can take as little as 2 1/2 years taking several classes a week. If you take one class a week, it takes approximately 5 years. If you have had several Sign Language Classes, you can work through it even faster.
Can you skip classes or do you have to walk through the entire program class by class?
Yes, you can skip classes! If you have taken ASL classes in the past, or if you have experience as an interpreter it is possible to skip classes.
I have taken ASL classes before so I don't want to start with ASL I. Do you place individuals in higher level classes?
We will assess your skills on your first day of class. We will also discuss what classes you have taken in the past to decide on your placement. If it has been a long time, if your training left some gaps in your education, or if you haven't grasped a powerful understanding of the language up to that point we might place you in a lower class for review. If that is the case, you can move through your lower level classes as fast or as slow as needed to catch you up. We want to make sure you know what you are doing!
Can you take multiple classes at the same time?
Yes! Many students try to work through the program at a quicker pace so they choose to take 2 classes simultaneously.
What are the benefits to private training over standard classes?
Private classes are incredibly effective! When you are face to face with your instructor in a personal environment it is hard to get away with the mistakes you can in a larger class environment. Instructors managing 10 - 30 students have to keep their eye on the errors of many, and constantly modify their class so it best serves the masses. Private classes allow your class to be structured so it best serves you! Plus, if you have a day where you are too exhausted to work on a particular topic, or you need more work on a particular topic, the class can be instantly modified to meet your needs at that moment.
What are the keys to success in these classes?
Effort! When you do your homework, attend Deaf events, and use outside media, you will have the formula for great success. Our students which succeed the most and move through the program the fastest are the students who try! These are collegiate level classes so expect college level work.
Will these classes turn me into an interpreter?
That's the goal! These classes are effective and can definitely prepare you to pass the RID.
I have had a rough experience with previous instructors. What are your instructors like?
Our instructors are Deaf & Hearing and are skilled in the area they are teaching. They are kind, and they are serious about your education. It's a safe environment to learn and grow.
Can you get college credit for these classes?
No. These classes are non-accredited which means that although the education quality is comparable to any college you do not receive official college credit.
Is college credit important?
If you would like to receive RID Certification (certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the national certifying organization for Sign Language Interpreters in America) you will need to have a Bachelor's Degree. If you have a Bachelor's in ANY subject (basket-weaving included) then you qualify. Gate's ITP is perfect for individuals who already have a Bachelor's degree or individuals not interested in national certification.
Do other certifications or licenses require a degree?
Do interpreters have to be certified?
Every state is different. Some states require certification, some licensure, some require no proof of skills. These laws change regularly so you have to stay up to date on what is required in your area. A good place to start is by viewing this database at Tennessee's Library Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing.
Can I take some classes with Gate then transfer into a collegiate program?
Yes! Many students come to Gate to take a few classes, then test out of classes at their accredited college of choice. It's a great way to get a jump start on your education.
Where can I find accredited programs?
You can visit RID's Website and click on the link on the left hand side of the page for Interpreting Training Programs. You can choose what level of degree you would like to research or if you would like a distance program, hit search and you can find a non-exhaustive list of programs. Additional programs can be found by Googling the state and Interpreting Training Program or ASL Classes.
Can I receive CEUs for your classes?
Yes! You can file a PINRA on your own with RID. Every class we have will qualify for CEUs.