Cultural Competence 1: Assess Your Unconscious Bias as an Interpreter

SKU#: 28 Cultural Competence 1
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An introduction to cultural competence for interpreters with a focus on assessing how implicit bias can impact the interpreting encounter—and what to do about it.

All course content is presented in English, with multiple opportunities to practice all your working languages.  That makes the program perfect for interpreters who speak or sign ANY language.

Course length:  1.5 hours  Course access period: 60 days from purchase date

Once purchased, course access cannot be paused.  If you need more time to complete your course, 90 day extensions are available so you are able to complete your training! Your progress in the course will not be lost and you will be able to continue where you left off. Please contact the 7C staff at for an updated cost to extend access to your course.

Course completion requirements: Pass one exit test (score of 70% or above).

Certificate: Downloadable certificate available immediately upon passing the exit test.


  • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI): 1.5 CCHI CE hours
  • Maryland Court Interpreter Program: 1.5 CE credits
  • Ontario Council on Community Interpreting: 1.5 OCCI PDUs

Learning objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Use research-based strategies to assess your unconscious bias while interpreting.
  • Assess the potential consequences of intervening during an interpreted session (and why your decision matters).

What you will get:

  • Your video instructor: Madap Sharma, MA
  • 9 interactive exercises, including two self-assessment protocols and four role plays (two in 9 language pairs and two in English only)
  • A clear and simple introduction to a complex topic
  • An implicit bias “toolbox,” including access to a film about unconscious bias and an introduction to the world’s the most famous implicit bias tests (Harvard’s Project Implicit)
  • Strategies to assess how unconscious bias affects interpreters and other participants in the encounter
  • Sections from The Community Interpreter®: An International Textbook and The Medical Interpreter: A Foundation Textbook for Medical Interpreting
  • Course completion certificate

 How this lesson will improve your practice:

You will:

  • Have a deeper understanding of the way all humans are biased, how bias isn’t “bad” but how bias can cause problems for the interpreted session.
  • See how you, as a community interpreter, can avoid causing harm with your own unconscious bias.
  • Be better able to detect or prevent harmful situations caused by unconscious bias.
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