Medical certification--what are the benefits?
Thread poster: Sara Senft

Sara Senft  Identity Verified
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Apr 18, 2009

I am starting to pursue medical interpreting certification more actively. I am wondering what the benefits are.

If you hold some kind of certificate in medical interpreting, have you seen an increase in business?


 

Alexandra Goldburt
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It varies from state to state Apr 18, 2009

The certification process, the job market, and even the existence of medical certification for interpreters vary greatly from state to state.

In California, to be a Certified Medical Interpreter is definitely worth it. It practically guarantees you will be in demand and will work almost full time if you want to.

But I don't know how things are in Connecticut. Hopefully, somebody from your state can answer this question. If not, this is what you can do: call a few interpreting agencies (preferably those with whom you already established good working relationship) and tell them something like "I need your help here. I'm pursuing Medical Interpreting Certification, and I'm working very hard on it. You can help me by giving me some additional motivation. Would you say, based on your experience, that Certified Medical Interpreters are in demand? How busy do you think you can keep me once I am certified?"

This call might also serve as indirect marketing. The agency might be impressed with your efforts and start calling you more often. Just make sure that "I'm working hard on it" is the truth!

Good luck, Sara.


 

Ana Castorena  Identity Verified
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Check this website maybe it will help you decide Apr 18, 2009

www.certifiedmedicalintepreters.org

 

Sara Senft  Identity Verified
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Website didn't load Apr 18, 2009

Ana;

Unfortunately, the website didn't load.


 

sokolniki  Identity Verified
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Previous link is here: Apr 18, 2009

http://www.proz.com/forum/interpreting/129302-medical_certification_again.html

 

Ana Castorena  Identity Verified
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Try this instead Apr 18, 2009

http://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org

or if it does not work try typing it drectly, it worked for me. Good luck


 

Sara Senft  Identity Verified
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General advantages Apr 19, 2009

Right now, I am thinking that obtaining certification would benefit me overall. If I were a PM searching for a medical interpreter, I would probably lean towards someone who is certified. He or she would appear more competent and trustworthy, and therefore more likely to get offers of assignments.


I recently returned to substitute teaching to fill in the finanical gaps. In some Connecticut school districts, certified teachers are paid at a higher daily rate and I wouldn't be surprised if they were called before non-certfied substitutes.

The same idea could apply to interpreters (and translators). Certified interpreters and translators seem to get preference because PMs assume they are more competent and trustworthy.

Conclusion: I would probably seem more competent and trustworthy overall, which would lead to more offers and therefore more work.


Alexandra Goldburt wrote:

The certification process, the job market, and even the existence of medical certification for interpreters vary greatly from state to state.

In California, to be a Certified Medical Interpreter is definitely worth it. It practically guarantees you will be in demand and will work almost full time if you want to.

But I don't know how things are in Connecticut. Hopefully, somebody from your state can answer this question. If not, this is what you can do: call a few interpreting agencies (preferably those with whom you already established good working relationship) and tell them something like "I need your help here. I'm pursuing Medical Interpreting Certification, and I'm working very hard on it. You can help me by giving me some additional motivation. Would you say, based on your experience, that Certified Medical Interpreters are in demand? How busy do you think you can keep me once I am certified?"

This call might also serve as indirect marketing. The agency might be impressed with your efforts and start calling you more often. Just make sure that "I'm working hard on it" is the truth!

Good luck, Sara.



 


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