Interpreting Skills for NAATI Certification (Pacific Island Languages)


This course aims to provide a foundation in interpreting skills for speakers of Pacific Island languages who wish to become interpreters in their communities.
PICSA (Pacific Islands Council of South Australia) and TAFESA have joined hands to offer this interpreting course free to eligible students through Federal Government funding secured by PICSA. TAFESA will be responsible for the training and assessment.

The course meets the minimum prerequisite training requirements set by NAATI for the Certified Provisional Interpreter test and for the Recognised Practicing Interpreter credential.

During the 12 weeks of the course, you will learn the techniques of interpreting, how to make ethical decisions in challenging interpreting situations and how to best prepare for interpreting jobs.

The course is delivered online in a virtual classroom setting.
Pacific Island languages included: Tongan, Fijian, Solomon Islands, Bislama (Vanuatu), Samoan, Talk Pidgin (PNG), Kiribati, Timor Leste, Cook Islands, Maori, West Papua, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Niue.

The course content is taught in English. You will be paired with another student who speaks your language wherever possible so you can benefit from language-specific feedback and interpreting practice.

It is essential that you read the Frequently Asked Questions under FILES & RESOURCES below for important information on funding conditions and further course details.

Your application is an expression of interest for the July 2023 course intake. You will be contacted after applying to progress your application to the next step.

  • Applicants must meet English proficiency requirements before enrolment by providing evidence of their language proficiency or by undertaking a pre-course language activity (free of charge) to ensure they have the required level of English to complete the course and meet NAATI English requirements.

    Applicants are also required to have fundamental computer skills in order to complete and upload assessments.

Short Course Delivery Locations Some short courses can provide accreditation for industry-specific registration, while others merely provide skills and knowledge in the subject area. Concession prices are available for some courses.



Start Date

Mon 24 Jul 23

End Date

Fri 20 Oct 23

Class Times
Class days to be advised. One class per week online 6:30pm-9:30pm (SA time)

Applications close on 29 May 2023.
Student Visa (500)

Not Eligible

Cost Information
This course also has an incidentals cost of $96.00. You will not be charged any cost at this time as this is only an Expression of Interest to study this course.



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