Frontier Education

PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting

Frontier Education

Course details

CRICOS course code: 099414D

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


This qualification covers the competencies required to interpret from a source language to a target language, in general dialogue and monologue settings where the interpreter is able to physically control the discourse to assist retention and recall.

In a general setting the context is usually broad and routine, the content or complexity of the situation can usually be predicted and planned for. There are typically two or a few participants, to whom the interpreter has physical and visual access.

Course Structure

Students will need to complete and be competent in the following 12 units of competencies to attain the qualification.

Course units

PSPTIS001 - Apply codes and standards to ethical practice

PSPTIS002 - Build glossaries for translating and interpreting assignments

PSPTIS003 - Prepare to translate and interpret

PSPTIS040 - Interpret in general dialogue settings (LOTE-English)

PSPTIS041 - Interpret in general monologue settings (LOTE-English)

PSPTIS042 - Manage discourses in general settings

PSPTIS043 - Use routine subject area terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English)

SITXLAN3115 - Conduct oral communication in a language other than English (Mandarin)

PSPTIS045 - Demonstrate routine English proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts

PSPTIS046 - Use routine education terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English)

PSPTIS047 - Use routine health terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English)

PSPTIS101 - Negotiate translating and interpreting assignments

Career Opportunities

The Diploma of Interpreting prepares interpreters for work typically in the community and business domains, including sectors such as general health, welfare and community services, educational and social contexts, and tourism. As well as interactions such as initial police interviews, over the counter interviews in customer and community information services, non-complex disability assistance, and other informal business and workplace interactions. The interpreting takes place where miscommunication or the consequences of errors in communicative intent can be readily managed through consultation and preparation, and where there are opportunities for error correction.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): Please contact the provider
Start date: To suit the client/individual
Duration: 26 weeks (24 Training weeks plus 2 weeks break)
Study mode: Full time

Frontier Education

Brisbane Campus
Level 4/445 Upper Edward Street Brisbane Queensland 4000

Entry criteria

Students entering PSP50916 Diploma Of Interpreting must meet the following entry requirements:

  • A candidate must be a minimum age of 18 year and above
  • Completed the equivalent of Australian Year 12 or Certificate IV or higher

English Language Requirements

International students applying either off -shore or on-shore will require:

A minimum IELTS (General / Academic) test score of 5.5 or equivalent

Up to 10 weeks of ELICOS course to be undertaken for every 0.5 level of IELTS requirement, before the commencement of the main VET course.

Results older than two years are not acceptable.


To provide evidence that they have studied in English for at least five years in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States.


To provide evidence that, within two years of their application date, they have successfully completed in Australia, a foundation course or a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial part of a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification, from the Australian Qualifications Framework.


Students who are onshore (in Australia) at the time of application can undertake an internal Frontier Education Language (Oral & Written), Literacy & Numeracy test before the commencement of the main VET course.


Frontier Education
Brisbane Campus
Level 4/445 Upper Edward Street Brisbane Queensland 4000