Join us on a Webinar on 6/24!

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters Informational Webinar

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

The National Board’s monthly webinars are an informational guide on how to
prepare for the written and oral certification exams, available for interpreters of Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean,  and Vietnamese. The webinar aims to familiarize participants with the certification process, from registration to taking the oral exam.
Participating in the webinar is a great way to learn more about how to become a Certified Medical Interpreter.

Title: The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters Informational Webinar Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014                                                                                       Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

WORKSHOP: “Comparative Analysis of the National Medical Interpreter Certification Processes”

The Berkeley Language Institute , in partnership with the Northern California Translators Association (NCTA) is hosting a workshop comparing the certification processes for national medical interpreters.

It is held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 1 – 4:14 pm at the Berkeley Language Institute (1840 Alcatraz Ave. Suite C-1B, Berkeley, CA 94703). For details and to register, please click here.

Bilingual schools in the bay area

The bay area has a multitude of bilingual schools to offer, in a wide range of languages. Some languages include Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

Cantonese & Mandarin schools:

American International Montessori School (Berkeley, P-6)
Global Montessori International School (Berkeley, P-6)
Pacific Rim International School (Emeryville, P-12)
Shouren Chinese School (Oakland, K-8)
Shu Ren International School (Berkeley, P-8)
Starlite School (Oakland, P)
Yu Ming Charter School (Oakland, K-8)

Farsi schools:

Golestan Kids (Berkeley, P-6)

French schools:

Lycée Français de San Francisco (San Francisco, P-12)
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley (Berkeley, P-8)
French American International High School (San Francisco, 9-12)
French for Fun (Lafayette, P)
Les Petits Francophones (Oakland, P)
The Renaissance School (Oakland, P-6)

German schools:

Bay Area Kinder Stube (Albany, P)
German International School (Berkeley, K-8)
German American International School (Menlo Park, P-8)

Russian schools:

Cheburashka Home Daycare (Berkeley, P)
Berkeley Russian School (Berkeley, P-12)

Spanish schools:

Escuela Bilingue Internacional (Oakland, P-K)



Berkeley Language Institute hosts an introductory workshop:


The Berkeley Language Institute is offering a 4-hour introductory course about the translation/interpretation industry.

The Business Side of Translation and Interpreting [4 hrs.]

Instructor: Francine Kuipers, Director of The Berkeley Language Institute
Date: Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fee: $55.00 per person (5% discount for students)

Our 4 hour workshop is an introduction to the business world of translators and interpreters. It covers the following topics:

  • Terminology: translator, transcriber, consecutive and simultaneous interpreter, voice talent, etc.
  • Certifications
  • How to market yourself and network
  • Trade associations
  • Employee vs ‘Outside’ Contractor
  • Continuing education
  • Cost and turnaround estimates
  • Contracts
  • Protocols
  • Code of ethics

This seminar, conducted in English, applies to anyone interested in becoming a professional translator and/or interpreter.

Sign up now on our registration page to guarantee your seat in this course. Registration is open until March 12th, 2014.
Enrollment is limited!

Upcoming Workshops for Interpreters and Translators

The California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA) and Berkeley Language institute (BLI) both are offering workshops for any interested individuals:

Hosted by CHIA:
> Sight Translation in a Medical Setting [3.25 hrs.]: January 11, 2014 (9:30am-12:45pm)
Register online at

Hosted by the BLI:
> Wordfast Memory Tools [8 hrs.]: January 25, 2014 and February 1, 2014 (1-5pm each day)
> Introduction to Healthcare Interpreting [3.5 hrs.]: January 25, 2014 or April 12, 2014 (9am-12:30pm)
> How to Improve Interpreting Skills for Healthcare Interpreters [4 hrs.]: February 22, 2014 or April 26, 2014 (9am-1pm)

For more information, and to register, please visit our website at