Become an Interpreter

As an interpreter trained by IWSO, you can help service providers in  Ottawa and Eastern Ontario to better communicate with their clients who do not speak either English or French, while being exposed to a wide variety of interesting subject matter and experiences.

IWSO provides Interpretation training to individuals with the skills, tools and knowledge to deliver a professional interpreter service. Trainees must be fluent in English, and a second or third language and are required to pass the Interpreter Language Skills Assessment Tool (ILSAT), a test designed to evaluate the language proficiency of a prospective candidate for the training.


  • Must be eligible to work in Canada
  • Must be fluent in English and one or more languages
  • Must submit resume
  • Must succeed in the interview

Core Training for spoken language interpreters

The Language Interpreter Training Curriculum is a competency-based training program for interpreters working with Language Interpreter Service Agencies associated with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) now known as Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade (MCIIT), and funded by the Government of Ontario, as part of the Violence Against Women Prevention Initiatives and the Domestic Violence Justice Strategy (VAWP/DVJS). The training is consistent with the National Standards Guide for Community Interpreters and the Language Interpreter Training Course (LITC) offered by community colleges across.

Upon completion of the training, trainees will be required to complete the final written and audio tests and achieve a pass mark of 75% for each test.

Additional training:

Additional training is available for IWSO interpreters once they succeed the ILSAT and the core training. Click on the courses below for a description.

Domestic violence

Sexual violence and human trafficking course

Professional development