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According to the U.S. Census, the estimated number of Hispanics in the U.S. as of July 1, 2005 is 42.7 million. This figure means that the U.S. has the fifth largest Hispanic population worldwide (trailing Mexico, Colombia, Spain and Argentina).
In December 2003, the U.S. Census bureau released data for the first time on the Arab population of the United States. The cities with largest Arab American populations are Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
The 2000 U.S. census estimates that 1.6 million Americans over the age of five speak French at home, making it the third most-spoken language in the country, behind English and Spanish.
In 2006, of the 1,266,264 immigrants to the U.S. from all the countries, 58,072 were from India. Indians, along with other Asians, have one of the highest educational qualifications of all ethnic groups in the US with almost 67% of all Indians with a bachelor's or high degree.
Los Angeles, with its Koreatown district, is home to the largest population of Koreans outside of Asia. In a 2005 United States Census Bureau survey, an estimated 432,907 Koreans in the U.S. were native-born Americans, and 973,780 were foreign-born.
Russia covers about one-eighth of the world's land surface, making it the world's largest country. In the U.S., Russian is frequently spoken in areas of Alaska, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, San Francisco and New York City.
Between 1992 and 2005, 64,439 persons born in Somalia were admitted to the United States as refugees. Today, Minnesota has the highest population of Somalis in North America.
Ethiopia is credited with being the origin of mankind after bones that date back 3.2 million years were discovered in eastern Ethiopia. U.S.-Ethiopian relations were established in 1903. The 2000 U.S. Census estimates the number of foreign-born Ethiopians in the U.S. at 69,530.
Chinese people were some of the early immigrants to live in the U.S. They make up the largest Asian population in the U.S. today comprising of 1.2% of the whole population.
There are over 988,000 foreign born from Vietnam in the U.S. Even though they represent the 5th largest immigrant group in the country, Vietnamese immigrants account for just over 3% of the total foreign-born population.
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Professional Training

We offer a variety of interpreting and translation courses throughout the year. On-site trainings are also available upon request.

Why attend our trainings?

  • Our trainings are specifically tailored to multilingual groups
  • Trainings are condensed into day-long classes
  • Classes include plenty of demonstrations, practice time and role-plays
  • Pre-tests and post-tests ensure comprehension and qualification of attendees
  • All trainings are taught by experts in their fields

Don't wait! Click HERE to register for a phone or translation test. Upon receipt of your registration information, we will contact you to schedule a test. For a full list of trainings and workshops, go to our Events page.


Interpreting in Health and Community Settings (IHCS):
An intensive, interactive 40-hour training in professional medical interpretation. The course is designed for bilingual individuals seeking to enhance their interpreting skills for employment, job retention, or career change. It is offered in English for multilingual groups. All candidates are required to pass the Language Proficiency Test.

A Refresher course for already trained interpreters:
A one-day (8-hour) refresher course in Interpreting in Health and Community Settings for trained interpreters who wish to maintain and update their skills.

Interpreting in Community Settings (ICS):
An intensive, interactive 24-hour training in community interpretation. The course is designed for bilingual individuals seeking to enhance their interpreting skills in community settings. It is offered in English for multilingual groups. All candidates are required to pass the Language Proficiency Evaluation.

Introduction to the Art of Translation (IAT):
An intensive and interactive 24-hour training that introduces participants to the art of translation. The course covers the basics of the translation profession and is offered in English for multilingual groups. All candidates are required to pass a two-hour Translation Proficiency Test.

Training of the Trainers program (TOT) for "Interpreting in Health and Community Settings":
A comprehensive, 86-hour curriculum designed to prepare trained interpreters who are skilled in adult education to teach and implement the 5-day Interpreting in Health and Community Settings training. The TOT is a combination of classroom time, classroom practicum and peer evaluation as well as real life training experience under the supervision of NV AHEC training personnel.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Introduction to Interpreting for Emergency Responders:
A 5-hour workshop, customized to address your organization's needs. This course is an interactive workshop introducing bilingual volunteers to the profession of interpreting and how to most effectively serve as an interpreter in an emergency response event.

For questions and registration, contact our Testing and Training department at 703-549-7060.