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Integration through education

Online Courses

If you have work, school or family commitments that make it hard to come to a classroom setting, online education is perfect for you. You will have the freedom to study where and when you want.

MCA's online courses can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection and covers the same curriculum as in-classroom courses. Students of online programs receive full support during their course.

Once the online course is completed, you will be ready to take the final exam. The final exam is a two-hour online test.

Our online training includes:
Community Interpreter Training
Medical Terminology

Community Interpreter Training

This classroom training course is designed for current and would-be community interpreters who wish to further their knowledge or gain new knowledge of interpreting protocols. The course is based on 70 hours of study and includes study materials, case studies, audio recordings, video demonstration and quizzes. The Community Interpreter Training is offered for free for people wh wish to provide interpretation services for the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo.

Next training: March 8 to April 14

  • Unit One: Introduction to Community Interpreting
  • Unit Two: The Community Interpreter's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Unit Three: The Roles, Boundaries and Essential Practices of the Community Interpreter
  • Unit Four: Theory of Interpreting and Memory Development
  • Unit Five: Culture Bridging Skills
  • Unit Six: Communication Skills and Interpreting
  • Unit Seven: Sight Translating and Note-Taking
  • Unit Eight: Managing the Interpretation
  • Unit Nine: Interpretation Practice

Applying to Take the Examination

To obtain CISOC certification in Community Interpretation Protocols and Procedures, you must achieve a successful score of 75% or better in our two-hour online examination. The test items correspond directly to the subject matter contained in the course. Please contact us if you have any questions.

If you do not pass the examination, you may purchase additional exam vouchers.
Cost of exam: $105

Medical Knowledge and Terminology Certification Training

*This online training course is now approved for Continuing Education credits (CEUs) by the International Association of Medical Interpreters (IMIA). Any interpreter certified by IMIA will receive 9.6 CEUs for completing this course.*


This online training course is for individuals who wish to gain certification in Medical Knowledge and Terminology. Potential candidates may include (but are not limited to): interpreters; translators; non-medical hospital and community health centre staff; medical insurance providers; and individuals who work as a liaison between medical professionals and the general public. The course is based on 120 hours of independent study and includes learning materials, quizzes, diagrams, and audio-based pronunciation guides.



The objective of this course is to help students understand the basics of medical terminology and body systems. The course introduces students to the mechanics of combining word parts to form medical terms, as well as provides information on the anatomy and physiology of body systems and on the diagnosis and treatment of various pathologies.

This manual was developed by Cultural Interpretation Services for our Communities (CISOC). It is based on an established curriculum that was originally designed for CISOC community interpreters who work in medical environments. The training has been offered by CISOC since 2008. To date, more than 200 community interpreters have taken the course. The certification program has been made available to anyone who needs to upgrade or refresh their medical knowledge and terminology skills. Now thanks to the Multicultural Association and CISOC partnership, MCA will offer this course for all residents in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the rest of Alberta.

  • Each unit contains a printable chart of word parts, their meanings, and samples of their uses. The word parts in these charts form the foundation of the final examination.
  • Each section contains a glossary of supplementary terms and concepts that are used in medical settings.

Learning & Evaluation Process

Online Workbook and Test: C$355.00 plus taxes.

If you do not pass the examination, you may purchase additional exam vouchers.

Please contact us if you have any questions.