Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)


The next enrolment for PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) opens in the 2nd half of 2021 for a Semester 1, 2022 start.

The PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) is designed to provide formal accredited training in interpreting Auslan/English. This is a NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) Endorsed Qualification (EQ) which will develop your skills for interpreting in general dialogue settings, with the potential to interpret in general monologue settings. The Diploma prepares interpreters for work typically in the community and business domains which may include sectors such as community services, educational and social contexts, informal business and workplace contexts.

Upon successful completion of this EQ, a graduate may apply to sit the Certified Provisional Interpreter test directly with NAATI. Please note that the completion of the Diploma of Interpreting course is not a guarantee that you will pass the NAATI test. 

For acceptance to PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English), students must successfully complete a mandatory screening.
Screening will be conducted in Parramatta. Applicants must be available to attend one full day of the screening test. Sessions will commence at 9am and finish at 5pm on both days. Cost is $249 per person for the full-day program. 


Classes are offered in a blended model of teaching incorporating face-to-face classroom based training with a qualified trainer/assessor, online tasks, group chat forums, structured workplace experience (such as working with experienced interpreters as part of the Deaf Society's interpreter shadowing program), workshops, assignments and prescribed readings. Delivery in the classroom or the stimulated work environment includes both small groups and individual activities performed under direct supervision and involves all participants. Activities include instruction, facilitated classroom discussion and stimulated activities. Participants are provided with all materials and resources as needed in the learning environment.

The course has a combination of live classes, online learning, home study and community contact requirements. Face-to-face sessions are timetabled in the Course Guide, however outside this time, students are expected to complete approximately 20 hours of online learning, home study and community contact per week. Students will attend the Auslan Only Weekend and other events aimed at Diploma level. These events will be attended by members of the Deaf Community and you will be required to turn "off" your voice.


Completion of the Diploma of Auslan and the Deaf Society's Bridging course is recommended but not required. Attendance at the mandatory screening weekend is required. The screening weekend is an opportunity to observe participants skills and behaviour with participation being key as this is the means by which individuals will be evaluated for entry into PSP50916 - Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English). There is some theory discussed, however the workshop is primarily practical in nature with activities conducted in both Auslan and spoken English. It involves a mix of individual, small group and whole class activities. Hearing and deaf teachers are involved as are a number of guests. Students are not required to interpret and are not judged on interpreting skills. 


All our face to face classes are held in venues with COVID safe plans. We will keep you safe by ensuring you are seated 1.5 meters apart from other students. No pens or other materials are to be shared. You will be asked to sign in and your temperature will be taken.


The Deaf Society will deliver PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) as units of competency - there are a total of 12 units you will need to complete in order to attain your Diploma.



Delivery Mode


Apply codes and standards to ethical practice 

Online study 


Build glossaries for translating and interpreting assignments

Online study 


Prepare to translate and interpret 

Online study 


Interpret in general dialogue settings (LOTE-English) 

Face to face classes and online study


Interpret in general monologue settings (LOTE-English) 

Face to face classes and online study


Manage discourse in general settings

Face to face classes and online study


Use routine subject matter terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English) 

Face to face classes and online study


Demonstrate routine LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts 

Face to face classes and online study


Demonstrate routine English proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts 

Face to face classes and online study


Use routine education terminology in interpreting (LOTE-English) 

Face to face classes and online study


Work effectively with diversity 

Online study


Build client relationships and business networks 

Face to face classes and online study








18 weeks.


Screening workshop: $249

NSW - From $2,380. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. To check your eligibility, visit the Smart and Skilled Page.

Depending on your previous qualifications and personal circumstances your fee may be different to the fee shown above.

ACT - From $2,690. Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Governments.



To book your place in the screening weekend, please email studentsupport@deafsociety.com before 9am on 13th July 2020. Once you have completed the screening weekend and been advised of your place in the course, you can then proceed to applying for the Diploma of Interpreting. Applications must be completed in full with the required evidence attached, signed, dated, and forwarded to studentsupport@deafsociety.com. Successful applications will be placed in class in the order they are received. Partial or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications close at 9am on 3rd August 2020.


FOR NSW AND ACT STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE: The documents you provide must be a copy of the original which has been sighted and signed by an Approved Witness within the last 3 months. For a list of approved witnesses see here.

Proof of ID in the form of one of the following:
  • Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate
  • Australian or New Zealand Passport
  • Green Medicare card
  • Naturalisation Certificate
  • Humanitarian VISA
  • Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (Permanent Resident)
Proof of residency or employment in the form of one of the following: 
  • Current driver’s license 
  • Health Care card or Pension card
  • Proof of Age card
  • Letter or email form employer to show the street address where you are working
  • Utilities account relating to your address within the last 3 months of rental document
If relevant, proof of disability in the form of one of the following:
  • Disability Support Pension card
  • Letter form a medical practitioner
  • Letter from appropriate government agency
  • Letter from specialised allied health professional
You should have copies of any relevant documents signed by an Approved Witness and have your USI number ready, if you don't have a USI you can create one here.

Timetables are available above and are subject to change. Please review your preferred timetable to ensure you can commit to the dates offered.

Finally, before committing to one of our courses, please read the Student Handbook which outlines our policies, procedures and your responsibilities as a student.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at studentsupport@deafsociety.com or 1800 893 855.