Three certificates in American Sign Language at the Preparatory, Basic and Intermediate levels include a total of 360 hours of instruction, or 120 hours per certificate. They are designed so participants can achieve progressively greater understanding of sign language and proficiency in its use. The programs are intended for hearing people who are working with deaf people in such capacities as parents, professionals, relatives, instructors and interpreters.
The three certificates are part of a standardized and articulated provincial training program in ASL. Students are required to pass a provincial mastery examination to determine their readiness to advance to the next level of training. Students who complete the intermediate level have the option of participating in an employment proficiency interview conducted by an evaluation team in the Greater Vancouver area, and may apply for admission to the ASL Instructor Diploma program offered by Douglas College. The three levels of training may not be available at every Okanagan College centre.
This program is not currently offered
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 10/18/2017