Professional interpreters and translators are not just bilingual individuals. It takes skill, training, and practice to interpret or translate in any setting, and especially in the legal and medical fields.

Training is essential before beginning a career as an interpreter or translator, and we encourage interpreters and translators in Alabama to continue to seek out training and educational opportunities throughout their careers.

In-person trainings and classes are offered periodically in Alabama and surrounding Southeast states, and at various schools across the country. High quality courses are also now available from several online providers.

In-Person Training


ITAA (Interpreters and Translators Association of Alabama) offers periodic trainings and networking opportunities. See our Events page for current training opportunities.

Deep South Language Services offers short term interpreter training courses, including a two-day training called “Interpreting 101: Skill Building and Ethics for Interpreters.” For more info see or call 334-356-6642.

M&N Language Services offers several trainings throughout the year for new and advanced interpreters in preparation for the national exam for medical interpreter certification. For more information email Kenton at or call 888.224.9192 ext. 700.

Troy University offers a Bachelor degree in Sign Language Interpreting. The Interpreter Training Program courses can be taken either on-campus, online, or a combination of the two.



Association of Translators and Interpreters of Florida (ATIF) promotes trainings throughout the state of Florida.

Atlanta Association of Interpreters and Translators (AAIT) sponsors and promotes other regional trainings on the Events section of their website.

Georgia State University offers Graduate Certificates in both Translation and Interpretation, through the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Also try

Tennessee Association of Professional Interpreters and Translators (TAPIT) holds an annual conference in September of each year, as well as ongoing workshops throughout the state of Tennessee.

Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI) offers workshops in Community Interpretation, Legal Interpretation, Medical Interpretation, and Translation.


National / Online

American Translators Association (ATA) lists training opportunities, webinars, and CLE programs on the Events section of their website.

Interpreter Education Online provides on-demand online courses in legal, medical, and general interpreting as well as prep courses for certification exams and specific courses on terminology.

National Center for Interpretation at the University of Arizona has ongoing online interpreter training courses as well as in person workshops held in Arizona and throughout the country. offers online webinars for training in translation, taught by professional translators from around the world.