9.1 Local professional organizations
The three courses in this series:

  Essential Skills for Interpreters
  Essential Skills for Translators
  Ethical Principles for Translators and Interpreters

provide an excellent start to building interpreting and translating skills.

One of the ethical principles introduced in the final course is:

Translators and interpreters are always improving their skills through practice, education and interaction with colleagues. They join professional organizations and pursue formal certifications.

There may be a professional organization near you. These organizations sponsor conferences, workshops, and discussions about interpreting, translating and professional ethics. Good interpreters and translators take advantage of these opportunities whenever possible.

The easiest way to find a local organization is to check the American Translators Association list of chapters, affiliates, and local groups.