CILISAT Certification

Community Interpreter Language and Interpreting Skills Assessment Tool (CILISAT) is the test to evaluate the language and interpretation proficiencies of people applying for certification as community interpreters.
The CILISAT offers recruiters and service providers a snapshot of an individual’s current ability in consecutive interpreting and sight translating in any of 50 languages and dialects. CISOC manages and administers CILISAT certification in these 50 languages throughout Canada.


The CILISAT will assess your language and interpretation skills through the following tests:

  • Interpretation from English into selected CILISAT language
  • Interpretation from selected CILISAT language into English
  • Sight translation from English into selected CILISAT language
  • Sight translation from selected CILISAT language into English

To achieve certification, you must score 75% or better. All tests are marked by independent markers.

Guide To The CILISAT Test

For more information about the CILISAT test, please see the attached document: CILISAT Guide

Testing Centres

Sandal Translation Services Ltd. (Calgary)

CILISAT Languages

  • Albanian
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi Gurmukhi
  • Amharic
  • Hungarian
  • Punjabi Perso-Arabic
  • Arabic
  • Italian
  • Romanian
  • Bengali
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Bosnian
  • Karen
  • Serbian
  • Burmese
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Sinhalese
  • Cambodian/Khmer
  • Korean
  • Somali
  • Cantonese
  • Kurdish Sorani
  • Spanish
  • Chin
  • Kurdish Kurmanji
  • Tagalog
  • Croatian
  • Lingala
  • Tamil
  • Central Africa Swahili
  • Mandarin
  • Tigrigna
  • Dari
  • Nepali
  • Turkish
  • East Africa Swahili
  • Oromo
  • Twi
  • French
  • Pashto
  • Ukrainian
  • German
  • Persian / Farsi
  • Urdu
  • Greek
  • Polish
  • Vietnamese
  • Haitian Creole
  • Portuguese

Preparation Guide For Candidates

To assist you with your CILISAT language assessment test, we recommend you review the attached document: CILISAT Preparation Guide


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