Language & Cultural Interpretation in Health & Social Services

A.E.C. Program JWW.0R – (540 hours) Full-time – Intensive – Day

Program scheduled to start: To be announced (TBA)
Application deadline: To be announced (TBA)

All dates are subject to change without notice.

For more information please contact the AEC Office in room 2H.1, (514) 931-8731 extension 3210.

The program is designed to meet a growing demand for interpretation services for the aboriginal communities in Quebec, as well as for immigrants and refugees whose limited English or French is a barrier to understanding and accessing healthcare and social services in Quebec. While in other provinces legislators and educators have worked together to respond to the critical importance of professional interpretation, both from a social and a legal perspective, no program exists in Quebec to address the interpretation field.

Program Description

This is a program designed for individuals who are interested in providing interpretation services in Quebec, in healthcare and social services settings and in an English-speaking context. They may have acted as interpreters before, either as volunteers or as freelancers, and need to strengthen their professional skills. They could also be graduates of, or students in, a DEC or DEP program addressing the healthcare and social services sector, who wish to diversify their competencies, maximize their employability and serve their community.

Exit Profile

Upon successful completion of the Language and Cultural Interpretation in Health and Social Services Program, the graduate will have acquired the skills knowledge and behaviour necessary to perform interpretation tasks in the fields of health and social services.

Graduates will be able to:

  • understand the demands of the occupation as they relate to the health and social services fields in Quebec;
  • comprehend the unique situations of aboriginals, refugees and immigrants of all ages as they pertain to accessibility to healthcare and social services;
  • use the appropriate interpersonal and communication skills when providing interpretation services;
  • work effectively and in a manner that is socially responsible, professional, respectful and ethical;
    • respect the laws and standards regarding confidentiality of information;
    • use terminology appropriate for the various environments;
    • maintain personal well-being, including psychological and emotional health;
    • integrate effectively acquired skills and knowledge;
    • adapt to new situations and clients’ needs.

Admissions Requirements

Ministerial Requirements

A person who has received instruction considered sufficient by the College and meets one of the following conditions may be admitted to a program of studies leading to an Attestation d’études collégiales:

  1. the person’s studies have been interrupted for at least two consecutive terms or one school year;
  2. the person is covered by an agreement entered into between the College and an employer or by a government program of studies;
  3. the person has pursued postsecondary studies for at least one year.

College Requirements

  1. The College considers sufficient instruction to be one of the following
    • Quebec Secondary School Diploma (DES) or equivalent
    • Quebec Diploma of Professional Studies (DEP) or equivalent
    • A combination of experience and/or training deemed appropriate for the program

    Applicants without a DES or DEP or equivalent must submit a letter of intent and
    curriculum vitae which should provide the Program with information regarding the applicant’s
    aptitudes, skills and experience.

  2. English language skills equivalent to College English or higher. Applicants may be required to take an English placement exam.
  3. Conversational French. The student’s level of competency may be assessed during an
    interview (applicants may be asked to take a French proficiency exam).
  4. A third language (other than English or French) at an appropriate level of proficiency. (Applicants may be asked to be tested to determine their level.)
  5. An interview may be required to assess the applicant’s ability, motivation and communication skills.

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Last Modified: September 6, 2018