Diploma of Interpreting (Spoken Language)

National Code: PSP50922
TAFE SA Code: TP01428


This course provides you the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to effectively interpret in a range of settings. You will be able to concentrate on language-specific terminology with a tutor who is a certified and experienced interpreter in your language. Your classes will be in an online virtual classroom environment.

This course is comprehensive, and it is the best way to improve your interpreting skills and language proficiency to reach the necessary level to become a Certified Provisional Interpreter and a confident practitioner.
If you are already certified, you can use the Diploma of Interpreting as professional development and to improve your skills.

This qualification is endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) and is the preferred and recommended pathway by NAATI to the Certified Provisional Interpreter test.

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12 months 

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

Mandarin 128
Spanish 129
Persian 135
Dari 136
Vietnamese 139
Cantonese 142
Italian 144
Nepali 146

Course Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Introduction to Interpreting Skill Set - PSPSS00063 and
  • Satisfactory performance in an English and LOTE oral language assessment
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations

  • Students must complete the Introduction to Interpreting Skill Set PSPSS00063 (or equivalent) before starting the Diploma of Interpreting
  • Information on how to enrol into this skill set can be found on the web https://www.tafesa.edu.au/xml/course/sc/sc_T685502811.aspx

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Classes are online virtual classroom sessions of 3 hours, 2 nights a week. Virtual classroom can be accessed anywhere you have a computer and internet connection. You will need to study privately for around 4-5 hours weekly to complete assessments and course requirements.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need to have high proficiency in English and a language other than English (LOTE). Good communication and interpersonal skills are required.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
Oral language assessment interview fee of $35.

Average cost per semester
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You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

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

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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 (Spoken Language) (PSP50922)
    This course examines interpreting in areas of community services, health, education, employment, law, immigration and citizenship. You will learn skills and terminology specific to interpreting between your language and English. This course requires completion of 7 core units and 5 elective units. Four of these units are completed in the skills set. This qualification is endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) and is the preferred and recommended pathway by NAATI to the Certified Provisional Interpreter test.

    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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply codes and standards to ethical practice 40
    Interpret in general dialogue settings 100
    Manage interactions in general settings 25
    Prepare to translate or interpret 30
    Use routine subject area terminology in two languages 45


    Name Nominal Hours
    Build glossaries for translating and interpreting assignments 25
    Demonstrate routine language proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts 60
    Interpret in general monologue settings 80
    Interpret through communication media 45
    Sight translate 65
    Use routine health terminology in two languages 30
    Use routine legal terminology in two languages 30
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