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Earn your Professional Certificate in Translation & Interpretation (Spanish/English) to Help Advance your Career


Maximize your Spanish/English bilingual skills to take your career to the next level and provide essential translation and interpretation services. When you earn your professional certificate in Translation and Interpretation, you will certify to potential employers that you possess the skillset they are looking for including language proficiency, cultural understanding and theoretical knowledge. The program’s career-oriented, practical course content is designed to provide you with fundamental technical skills to improve your chances of passing the American Translators Association (ATA), the Certification Commision for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the California Court Interpreter examinations. Total fluency in both English and Spanish, including the ability to speak, read, and write at a second-year university level is required. Fluency is determined by a written online entrance exam. Select courses may be taken prior to passing the entrance exam.



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In-class options not available.

Est. Cost



Cost does not include textbooks or class materials.



15 - 30 months

Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.

What You Will Learn:

  • Sight Translation, and Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpretation.
  • Choose to take elective courses in Medical, Legal, and Business translation and interpretation for further career advancement opportunities.
  • How to market yourself by engaging in an elective Strategic Marketing & Branding course for those seeking to create their own business, or work for private and/or public sector position.

This Program Is Designed For:

  • Bilingual language speakers who desire to have a Professional Translation & Interpretation Certification.
  • Professionals seeking career advancement by becoming certified in translation and interpretation.
  • Medical, legal or business professionals seeking to enrich their ability to communicate with non-Native speakers.

For detailed information, please enroll in the online on-demand Translation Program (Spanish/English) Information Session. Questions about our classes or certificates? Contact our department at 858-534-5760 or


There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program

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" I would like to thank all the wonderful teachers in this program for their extensive knowledge, dedication and passion. I have personally found that the program at UCSD has been an amazing and worthwhile experience giving me the skills, support and confidence to begin my professional career. "
-Translation and Interpretation Certificate Alumna