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Workshop: Getting Started as an Interpreter
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A four-hour language-neutral workshop for those considering a career as an interpreter or already working in the field but looking for tips on how to become more successful.

When: 6/13/2015
12 noon to 4.30 PM
Where: Golden Gate University, Room 4225
536 Mission Street
San Francisco, California  94105
United States
Presenter: Nicholas Zacherl

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Session 1: 12.00PM– 2.00PM

Refreshment break: 2.00PM-2.30PM

Session 2: 2.30-4.30PM



Member early-bird rate (before May 30): $75

Non-member early-bird rate (before May 30): $105

After May 30:

Members: $90

Non-members: $120


Please note: this workshop requires a minimum of eight participants. If this number is not met by May 30, the workshop will be cancelled.


Registration closes June 10, 2015



Are you considering a career as an interpreter? Or are you already working in the field but looking for tips on how to become more successful? What does success mean to you? Which field is best for you?


Some interpreters will work in the field as a stepping stone to another career. Others will be lifers. Some will enjoy the collegiate environment of caring staff job at a hospital, while others will find such a place constraining and monotonous. Some love the action of a trial, while others prefer never to set foot in a courthouse. Some are energized by the challenges of a high level conference or business meeting, while others find such work daunting and exhausting. Interpreters decide to interpret at various stages of their lives for various reasons, and can react differently to the various problems and advantages the job presents.


This four-hour language-neutral workshop will:

  • Allow you to determine the best environmental fit for your interest and skill set;
  • Provide an overview of training & educational options for interpreting;
  • Provide resources for next steps in getting started as an interpreter;
  • Review steps and procedures to attain interpreter certification;
  • Tell you how to minimize and avoid problems common to most interpreters;
  • Tell you how to maintain a healthy work/life perspective as an interpreter and maximize your health, wealth, and happiness as an interpreter in general.


About the presenter:

Nicholas Zacherl is a certified professional conference, court, business, and medical interpreter practicing since 2001. He has interpreted in hospitals, the courts, business incubators, international institutions, rushing rivers, air-conditioned booths, noisy elevators, vineyards, speeding trains, on cliff sides, and for scientists, prisoners, lawyers, researchers, statesmen, cultural icons, and, most importantly, everyday people. Nicholas brings a very practical approach to his seminars, believing that the best lessons are drawn from practice, and that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!


Attendees who are ATA-certified will receive four Continuing Education points.


Refreshments at this workshop are generously sponsored by Language World Services. Thank you!

Questions? Need more info? Please contact Sarah Llewellyn:


Please note: The workshop requires a minimum number of participants. Should the number of participants not be reached by May 30, the workshop will be cancelled. NCTA will not be responsible for any consequential losses to participants arising from this.
Cancellation policy: Refunds are issued only if notice of cancellation is received one week prior to the applicable workshop date. A cancellation fee of $10 is charged for all cancellations.

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