APIC – ASSOCIAÇÃO PAULISTA DE INTÉRPRETES DE CONFERÊNCIA was founded on July 20, 1971 by eight interpreters from São Paulo. The purpose was to organize active practitioners in the fields of consecutive and simultaneous interpreting and bring them together into a professional association. APIC followed the model that had been created by the Geneva-based International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC).
In the 1980´s the Association expanded to Rio de Janeiro and Brasília and adopted its current name – Associação Profissional de Intérpretes de Conferência. By that time, APIC had already become a nationwide reference in the field of conference interpreting.
APIC has always focused on the development of sound market practices, thus helping its members maintain the highest technical qualifications and professional performance. APIC´s current members come from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, the state of Minas Gerais, from Brazil´s Northeast and South regions, as well as from Germany, Argentina, the United States and the United Kingdom.
From the year 2000 onwards, Brazil´s significant economic growth has allowed professional interpreters to benefit from new opportunities in different markets. APIC has always had a role in helping professionals adapt to new realities.
By actively supporting conference interpreters in their efforts to improve their performance, APIC has consolidated its position as the leading entity representing professional conference interpreters in Brazil. APIC continuously promotes discussions on the latest market trends and is the model for interpreters entering this profession, thanks to the sound work practices that it advocates to help newcomers begin their professional careers.