Definition of a 40-70 hour interpreter educational program: a program of education for interpreters with a minimum of 40 hour duration* that trains and tests students, providing them with a certificate of successful completion.
* Health care organizations should verify the completion of, or arrange for, formal training in the techniques, ethics, and cross-cultural issues related to medical interpreting (a minimum of 40 hours is recommended by the National Council on Interpretation in Health Care). Interpreters must be assessed for their ability to convey information accurately in both languages before they are allowed to interpret in a health care setting.
http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/assets/pdf/checked/finalreport.pdf CLAS Standards, US Dept of Health and Human Services, pg 72
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