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Spanish Interpreter Certificate


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This certificate program prepares students to work as paraprofessional Spanish interpreters, facilitating oral communication between people in various community settings such as hospitals, schools and service agencies. This certificate is offered by Workforce Development/Continuing Education through a combination of curriculum and non-curriculum courses. A maximum of 25 percent of the credits for this certificate may be awarded on Credit by Exam basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates of the Spanish Interpreter Certificate
  • Use specialized vocabulary and concepts in order to work bilingually -Spanish/English- in law, business, and medicine.
  • Demonstrate and apply enhanced knowledge of Spanish as related to translation practices.
  • Apply academic, professional and world knowledge to the choices and decisions they make while interpreting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of multi-cultural approaches to the work of interpretation, and are able to demonstrate effective bi-lingual and bi-cultural practice within their work. Apply professional standards, practices, and ethics to their work.

Track 1: Students Who Are Native Spanish Speakers


Prerequisite for native Spanish speakers, the curriculum course ENG 002  may be required based on placement test scores.

Track 2: Students Who Are Native English Speakers


Prerequisite for native English speakers is showing proficiency at the curriculum course SPA 212 - Intermediate Spanish II  level as determined by testing, or successful completion of SPA 212 .

Topics included in the Spanish Interpreter Certificate


  • Ethics of Interpreting
  • Healthcare Interpreting Standards of Practice
  • Healthcare, legal and business interpreting terminology in English and Spanish
  • Spanish/English linguistics skills
  • Development of integrated interpreter and translator skills
  • Understanding the cultural aspects of Latino/Hispanic communities

Job Opportunities


Community interpreters in community-based environments such as at parent-teacher conferences, community events, business and public meetings, social and government agencies, new-home purchases, and many other work and community settings.

  • Health or medical interpreters and translators in healthcare
  • Legal or judicial interpreters and translators
  • Literary translators

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