Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)

National Code: PSP50916
TAFE SA Code: TP01059


Provide interpreting services between speakers of English and AUSLAN. This course examines interpreting in areas of community services, health, education, employment, law, immigration and citizenship.

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Up to 12 months 

Part Time

Interpreter Interpreter

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Applicants are required to select one preference from the list below.

Auslan 132

Course Admission Requirements

  • Satisfactory performance in a written and oral proficiency assessment in English and sign language
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by Written and oral proficiency assessment score
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,297 - $1,632
$2,595 - $3,264
$970 - $1,220
$1,940 - $2,440

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$4,074 - $5,124
$8,148 - $10,248

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Applicants must complete a written/oral assessment and must pay a $35 test fee when booking into the test. Please email trans.int.courses @tafesa.edu.au for further details.
    • Students wishing to access subsidised training or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Opportunities exist for freelance work and casual employment with interpreting agencies in a variety of areas such as general health, welfare and community services, customer and community information services. Opportunities also exist in tourism, export trade and in education (bi-lingual assistants).

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) (PSP50916)
    This course examines interpreting in areas of community services, health, education, employment, law, immigration and citizenship. The growing impact of globalisation and migration on societal, cultural, political and business structures has created the need for qualified interpreters in Australia’s diverse environment. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 5 elective units. This qualification is endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) and is the preferred and recommended pathway by NAATI to certification.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply codes and standards to ethical practice 30
    Build glossaries for translating and interpreting assignments 20
    Interpret in general dialogue settings (LOTE-English) 100
    Interpret in general monologue settings (LOTE-English) 80
    Manage discourses in general settings 20
    Prepare to translate and interpret 30
    Use routine subject area terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English) 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Demonstrate routine English proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts 60
    Demonstrate routine LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts 60
    Use routine education terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English) 25
    Use routine health terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English) 25
    Use routine legal terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English) 25
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