Intermediate Methods in Interpretation Certificate Program – Cohort

Do you have a strong background and understanding of interpretation (perhaps in programming) but want to dig deeper? Do you struggle with interpretive media or writing? Are you curious about what exactly ‘dialogic’ interpretation means? If so, this certificate program is for you!


The Intermediate Methods in Interpretation Certificate (IMIC) is entirely web-based and consists of five interpretive courses each culminating with an applied assignment that relates to your organization or site. This course of study provides you with the opportunity to receive feedback from your instructor(s) who review the elements of your portfolio. Additionally, if you apply for and are accepted into the cohort-based program, you will work with a mentor who has considerable experience in the interpretive field who will guide you as you develop your intermediate skills.

** You must be an NAI member to apply for this cohort. If you’d like to join NAI, please visit their website. **

Intermediate Methods in Interpretation is intended for interpreters who possess basic skills in interpretation and who wish to work with a mentor to expand their knowledge. It is comprised of the following five online courses:

  1. Course 1: Introduction to Dialogic Interpretation
  2. Course 2: Foundations of Accessible Recreation: Program Access
  3. Course 3: Essential Elements of Interpretive Writing
  4. Course 4: Design Elements in Interpretive Media
  5. Course 5: Social Media and Interpretation

Each student in the cohort will be paired with a mentor (an experienced interpreter who has received training/has extensive experience in the specifics of this certificate). Students will work with their mentor to develop their assignments before submitting them for a grade.

Aside from working with a mentor, cohort participants will also receive special opportunities to rendezvous at the NAI national conference and other training opportunities.

What Past Students Are Saying About IMIC

  • “I think this program really puts together a lot of the elements we may practice in the field, but makes you think about them, plan around them, and develop products. Even in areas I know well, I learned new content and techniques.”
  • “I have been applying for higher level interpretive jobs, and taking this program is a great point to have on my resume and cover letters.”
  • “I like that we are included in a network of other interpreters, the webinars were great. Now if I have questions I know where to go.”
  • “I also loved getting the feedback on my assignments. I don't get a lot of feedback at work so the helpful and constructive feedback was really appreciated and I think it will help me to be a better interpreter.”
  • “At this point in my career, this course gave me skills that I can use to continue to climb the career ladder and just improve my job performance in general. I no longer make all my signs with a white background!”


The price for this certificate is $350.

Cohort Schedule

The following schedule is subject to change.

Welcome Webinar – Attendance Required: week of March 25, 2019

Introduction to Dialogic Interpretation
April 1-April 30, 2019
Q&A Webinar with Experts (attendance required):

  • Option 1 – week of April 15
  • Option 2 – week of April 22
  • Assignment due: April 30, 2019

Accessibility and Interpretation
May 1-June 15, 2019

Q&A Webinar with Experts (attendance required):

  • Option 1 – week of May 20
  • Option 2 – week of June 3
  • Assignment due: June 15, 2019

Essential Elements of Interpretive Writing
June 16-August 5, 2019

Assignment due: August 5, 2019

Design Elements in Interpretive Media
August 6-September 3, 2019

Assignment due: September 3, 2019

Social Media and Interpretation
September 4-September 30, 2019

Assignment due: September 30, 2019

Certificates issued: week of October 14, 2019

Estimated Time Commitment

  • E-courses: 12-15 hours total
  • Assessments: 2-3 hours total
  • Assignments: 15-20 hours total
  • Webinar attendance: 3 hours total

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for the cohort, please contact Emily Jacobs at