Information for Novices
“People who are taught that learning is a struggle that often involves making errors will go on to exhibit a greater propensity to tackle tough challenges and will tend to see mistakes not as failures but as lessons and turning points along the path to mastery.”
~ Peter Brown (2016, p.90)
This is an experiential-based learning process that uses techniques that science indicates are effective in building new skills, including the importance of taking risks and learning from our mistakes. There will be some intentionally difficult parts of the program that challenge you, but there also will be support to guide you into the interpreting profession.
This program is designed for novice interpreters who are within one year of their graduation from an interpreting program, are planning to work with adults and aim to earn RID certification. We are also looking to increase representation in interpreting from specific groups: people of color, people who speak three languages, men, and people living in rural areas.
You can live anywhere in the U.S. and apply to participate in the program. Most of the program will be online or with connections in or near your home. There will be one week in the summer that you will need to travel to an on-site immersion experience. You will need to be able to devote at least 12 hours a week to this program in March – August and at least 25 hours a week during the paid apprenticeship portion during September – November.
- Application: Starting in December 2017, you can apply for the Graduation to Certification program through this website. In 2018 for the pilot, 14 participants will be selected. In 2019 – 2021, 42 participants will be selected each year. To be eligible for the program, you need:
- to have completed an interpreting program with a graduation date between April 2017 and May 2018. For Deaf interpreters, the Road to Deaf Interpreting program can satisfy this requirement;
- to have passed the RID Knowledge Exam (and be a candidate for either the NIC or CDI exams);
- to have a bachelor’s degree (by May 2018) or an Alternate Pathway with RID.
- Pre-Assessment Process and Individual Development Plan: If you are accepted, you will go through a series of assessments to help understand your current skills. Working with GTC resources and a mentor, you will develop a personalized plan for professional development.
- Mentoring and Language coaching: As you begin your journey in professional development, you will be accompanied by experienced mentors and language coaches as you tackle difficult and challenging activities, guided by your individual development plan.
- Community Connections: With support, you will help design a service learning project with your local deaf community, spending 150 hours to build authentic connections.
Immersion Experiences: In June, you will travel to Minnesota (2018) for a week of authentic interpreting and language building experiences. (Two other locations will be added in 2019 – 2021.)
- Interpreting Agency Supervised Placement: You will be placed with an interpreting agency for a paid internship working with someone who is experienced and trained in supervising novice interpreters.
- Community of Practice: You will not go through this intensive program alone. With your cohort, you will develop a community of people who help you both persevere through the hard times and celebrate your successes.
- RID Performance Test: At the end of the program, you will take a test preparation module and then take the RID performance test. The cost for both the prep module and the RID test will be covered by the CATIE Center for participants who complete the GTC program.
Check out our FAQs
We have posted answers to the most common questions. Please check out the FAQs for more insight into the GTC program.
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