Graduate Certificate in Translating and Interpreting
DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time 1 year
LocationMelbourne City, Online
AU$12,960 (2020 total)*
Government subsidy available
Next intakeJuly, February
Next intakeNot applicable
Expand your language skills and begin an exciting and challenging career that can take you all over the world.
Through the Graduate Certificate in Translating and Interpreting, you will learn advanced concepts of translating and interpreting to help communications across cultures and languages.
You'll build the skills to be able to navigate complex issues and situations, and to effectively communicate from one language to another.You'll also develop the ability to investigate and analyse a range of approaches to translating and interpreting in professional practice.
Government subsidy available for Higher Education Certificates
On 12 April 2020, the Federal Government announced a package to support those workers who have been displaced as a result of COVID-19. Student fees for short courses in areas of national priority have been set at significantly discounted rates. These Higher Education Certificates, which includes the Graduate Certificate in Translating and Interpreting, will help to ensure that workers looking to upskill or reskill will be job ready in important sectors of the community or have the ability to continue into further study.
For further information please see the Federal Governments Course Seeker website.
Build the skills and knowledge you require to seek certification credentials from the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI), and begin an exciting global career in this field. Upon the completion of this graduate certificate, you will be eligible to apply for the Provisionally Certified Interpreter test, Professional Translator test and Recognised interpreter and/or Recognised Translator credentials.
As part of your studies, you will experience a range of teaching and learning approaches that are intended to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills, including seminars, lectures, workshops, tutorials, problem-based learning, presentations, group activities and research. You will also demonstrate a range of verbal, written and internet based approaches of communication.
Your assessment tasks will help you develop the appropriate skills required in a translating and interpreting career. Your knowledge and skills will be assessed through assessment tasks that may include essay, report and project writing, online class presentations and group work, online discussions, case studies, problem solving and analysis, and industry-based assessment.
RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience. As a student enrolled in this certificate, you will:
- undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice
- interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities
- complete these activities in real work contexts or situations.
These interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.
As part of this certificate, you will cover key learning areas, including:
- Ethics and Professional Issues
- Translation Accrediting Practice 1
- Interpreting Accredditing Practice 2
You will also choose two electives, from:
- Discourse Studies for Translators and Interpreters 2
- Theoretical Bases of Translating and Interpreting 1
- Translation Accrediting Practice 1
- Interpreting Accrediting Practice 1
- Advanced English Language 1
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0.5 years full time or part time equivalent
0.5 years full time
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Program code: GC185
Graduates are qualified to work in a wide range of work contexts and industries both in Australia and overseas. Potential employers include:
- multinational firms and agencies operating in Australia and overseas
- foreign embassies and posts • government departments and agencies
- localisation industry
- private businesses.
Broader career prospects include employment in government areas such as:
- cross-cultural communication
- social and welfare services
- security services
- international trade relations in Australia or overseas
Graduates can also freelance as translators/interpreters.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline.
If you have not completed an undergraduate degree, you may still be considered if you have at least 5 years of relevant work experience in interpreting or translating or in the use of bilingual language skills. If you wish for your work experience to be considered, you must submit a CV and a personal statement detailing your relevant work experience.
You will be selected competitively for all languages based on your GPA, relevant experience and the results of any selection tasks you are required to complete.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
- For students applying for the Governments’ package to support workers who have been displaced as a result of COVID-19, the total fee for this Graduate Certificate will be $1250.
- Eligible students can defer payment through HECS‑HELP.
- This Graduate Certificate is 6-months long when completed as full-time study (4 courses).
- If a student continues to study a Graduate Certificate beyond 2020 the Government subsidy for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) will no longer be available and the normal CSP fee will apply.
- Where a student progresses from this Graduate Certificate to a Masters Degree, they will not be guaranteed a Commonwealth Supported place in the Masters Degree. If Commonwealth Supported Places are being offered in those Masters, these will be at the discretion of RMIT University to offer them. If Commonwealth Supported places are unavailable, the student will be offered a full fee paying place.
For further information please see the Federal Government’s Course Seeker website.
2020 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$12,960*
- Other items related to your course, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2020 total course tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This course is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your course. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s HECS-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.