Achieving Credentialing and Fostering Professional Development
UniversalLanguage Service, Inc. with its history of twenty-five years serving the limited English community and its clients has established itself as a leader in the industry in In-Person, On-Demand OPI/VRI interpreting, and translation services. Now as a leader in language testing offering a series of testing options of interpreters and bilingual individuals seeking to validate their skills.
The language testing program by UniversalLanguage Service is considered both a proficiency-based and a criterion-references evaluation process. In other words, language proficiency in English and second languages as well as interpreting/translation skills are measured according to minimum competency standards determined by the nature of work involved, and by experienced practicing court interpreters/translators, social service interpreters/translators, medical interpreters, bilingual professionals in their respective fields of practice, and language specialist.
UniversalLanguage Service, Inc. recognized the importance of credentialing interpreters. It validates skill and practice, and it continues to elevate the profession. There are key reasons an interpreter must seek credentialing:
• Certified interpreters are critical in the day-to-day language needs of the limited English proficient (LEP) patient in their encounters with medical and social services providers.
• Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act make it a right for LEP to have access to interpreting services and for healthcare institutions to comply by providing certified and qualified interpreters.
• Certification validates the profession, the interpreter’s practice, and skill. Thus, further benefiting institutions by not only practicing but maintaining them in compliance with the Joint Commissions, federal law, high patient satisfaction ratings, and reduce the liability of malpractice.
• Certification also serves to ensure the interpreter is recognized as the professional they are and continues to keep the interpreter engaged in the profession and their ongoing development.
In addition to the Recognized Medical Interpreter Test and the Credentialed Medical Interpreter Test, UniversalLanguage Service also offers a suite of language assessments to help you validate and showcase your language skills. Our assessments include the Medical Interpreter Language Assessment, the Proficiency-Based Language Assessment, the Writing Skills Assessment, and the Spoken Language Assessment. These assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your language proficiency and stand out in a competitive industry
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