DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time 1 year
$10,500 (2019 annual)
Next intakeNot applicable
Interpreters provide a critical service helping people to overcome the language barriers experienced when accessing community services in areas such as health, education, legal and business and travel.
You’ll gain basic transfer skills for interpreting in general dialogue settings, learn about professional ethics and improve language proficiency. Units for legal and medical terminology for interpreters also available, except when undertaking studies in AUSLAN.
The program is suited to people who already have bilingual skills, but have not yet reached the required level of specialised language proficiency for the Advanced Diploma.
Since 1975, RMIT has been a leader in delivering interpreting programs, training many work-ready graduates to meet the needs of the community.
In the Diploma of Interpreting, you will learn to interpret one of these languages:
The Diploma of Interpreting is also available in a number of other languages, subject to interest and minimum numbers. Please contact us to express interest in these languages:
- Chin (Haka)
- Chin (Tedim)
- Kurdish (Kurmanji)
- Kurdish (Sorani)
- Kurdish Southern (Feyli)
This program is flexible in its delivery and creates a range of opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and skills.
The program has developed study guides, practice materials and multimedia resources to support your learning.
You will participate in learning activities including:
- case studies
- role plays
- online practice tools
- group discussions and projects
- practical demonstrations
- reflective journals
- simulations of real-life job assignments
Assessment may include:
- written work such as assessment reports and reflective reports
- oral interviews and interpreting demonstrations
- class observation and peer review
Courses are delivered in English. Some units of competency require undertaking some learning activities and assessment tasks in English and one language other than English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Some of your assessment tasks will involve visiting workplaces such as community organisations/settings and public service departments/agencies where interpreters are expected to work.
To fulfil our work integrated learning policy, you'll be required to do simulated interpreting related activities and will be given feedback on your performance against industry standards.
Teaching staff all hold NAATI accreditation and bring a wealth of experience, current knowledge and skills into the classes. Through this connection, students are exposed to up-to-date practices that address the interpreting needs arising in sectors such as education, business, legal, medical, immigration and community services in Australia and overseas.
RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
You’ll complete 6 core courses and 4 elective courses.
This program introduces you to the profession of interpreting and will train you to:
- analyse, recall and reproduce source language messages in the target language in a broad range of settings
- apply effective linguistic transfer skills and discourse management strategies
Through classes, workshops and guided group and individual learning activities, you will practise your interpreting skills and gain an appreciation of professional ethics and industry knowledge.
Japanese, Mandarin and Korean are only available for full-time study. All other languages are offered as full-time and part-time, subject to minimum numbers.
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Program code: C5328
National curriculum code: PSP52412
Demand for qualified interpreters is increasing due to high levels of interaction between people and cultures as a result of globalised economies and movement of people due to immigration and humanitarian reasons. A large number of people also face language barriers due to physical disabilities such as deafness or impaired hearing and require language assistance.
Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for NAATI para-professional interpreter accreditation, subject to meeting the accreditation standards in some assessment tasks.
Graduates find employment as freelancers, contractors to language services agencies or in public and private sector organisations such as:
- government departments
The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI) accreditation is well regarded in the international employment market and by many international/multinational organisations and agencies such as NGOs, embassies, private companies and manufacturers.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI).
Please note that students studying this program online from outside Australia, are not eligible for NAATI acreditation.
If you achieve standards required by NAATI as a graduate, you will be recommended to NAATI for accreditation at the para-professional interpreter level without further testing.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Graduates may be eligible for exemptions from the:
- Advanced Diploma of Interpreting
- Advanced Diploma of Translating
- Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)
Diploma of Interpreting graduates with a Bachelor degree or significant relevant industry experience who also complete the Advanced Diploma of Interpreting or the Advanced Diploma of Translating can apply for exemptions in the:
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place.
To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at ‘How to check if you are eligible’.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.