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Certificate in Liaison Interpreting

Gain the skills for a career as a professional liaison interpreter. Learn to perform interpreting tasks using accurate language and register, and develop your vocabulary for various interpreting situations.

60 (0.5 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for 16 weeks (including holidays)

Programme overview

Want a career as an interpreter? Are you fluent in two languages? Perhaps you're already working or volunteering as an interpreter and want a formal qualification. The Certificate in Liaison Interpreting is a four month intensive programme that provides you with professional skills in interpretation (the task of converting spoken statements from one language to another, and from one culture to another). With this certificate, community and government agencies can be sure you have the skills to work effectively and professionally as a liaison interpreter in a range of community settings.


  • Emphasis on practical experience: practise what you've learnt in our well-equipped language and computer labs and during group exercises with your fellow students.
  • Access to the latest resources to support your learning.
  • Friendly and highly skilled lecturers.
  • Guest speakers who will inform you about the different situations where liaison interpreters are needed, such as in legal and medical contexts.
  • This is a full-time course with an extensive online component. Classes are held two evenings per week (Tuesday and Thursday, 6pm-9pm) and on Saturday mornings (9am-12pm).

Please note: There is an extra exam fee of $200 for the final oral assessment which can be added to your Student Loan as part of ‘course related costs’. This fee is to cover the cost of hiring a professional bilingual assessor for the final 50% assessment.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A total of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 in four different subjects including a minimum of 8 credits in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
2. Be at least 18 years old by the time the programme begins
3. A minimum of 4 years secondary education
4. Provide evidence of proficiency in a language other than English:

  • Completed high school in a language other than English; and/or
  • Have a degree with a major in a language other than English; and/or
  • Provide evidence of oral and written proficiency in a language other than English in the form of two reference letters from your community or someone of standing from an educational institution who speaks the same language.

5. If English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet these requirements? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Liaison Interpreting (LANG6200) 60 credits (0.5 EFTS) * To provide a programme of study in which students acquire an understanding of aspects of professional interpreting as a practical skill. * To provide programme of study in which students develop their ability to function professionally as liaison interpreters in all situations. * To provide a programme of study in which students develop an objective understanding, within a theoretical framework, of the cultures relevant to their work as liaison interpreters as well as the structures, procedures and commonly used terminology of the areas in which they will work.





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirementsInfo Icon: 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 from a mix of subjects, be 18 years old, 4 years secondary education, proficient in a non-English language & English language requirements or relevant & equivalent qualifications, special & discretionary admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


18 WeeksInfo Icon

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $2,716Info Icon $2,716Info Icon
Government tuition subsidy:  $3,098Info Icon $3,098Info Icon
Total: $5,814Info Icon $5,814Info Icon

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings $31,634Info Icon
Earnings range $16,941 - $43,897Info Icon
In employment 30%Info Icon
In further study 53%Info Icon
On a benefit 11%Info Icon

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.