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Certificate in Community Interpreting

The Certificate in Community Interpreting will provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to interpret in a variety of settings: from social service agencies to hospitals and courtrooms.

Candidates for the Certificate in Community Interpreting are required to take four courses (12 credit hours-equivalent) and may select between two specializations, medical or legal. The Certificate is composed of three core courses (9 credit-equivalent), one specialization course (3 credit-equivalent), and one optional elective course (3 credit-equivalent). In the Professional Orientation and Internship, students will spend time practicing skills in an unpaid internship in the field of their choice.

The required, or core courses, include: Introduction to Interpreting (Noncredit) (40 hours), Community Interpreting (Noncredit) (40 hours), and Professional Orientation and Internship (Noncredit) (40 hours).

Certificate participants must also choose one specialization course: Medical Interpreting (Noncredit) (40 hours) or Court Interpreting I (Noncredit) (40 hours).

Optional courses, which strengthen the interpreter's abilities, include: Court Interpreting II (Noncredit) (40 hours) or Simultaneous Interpretation (Noncredit) (40 hours).

Admission is open to any language speaker. Students will be required to take a screening test composed of an interview. Prospective students should contact program advisors at

Upon successful completion of all courses, students will be allowed to sit for the Certificate in Community Interpreting exam in their specialization and language pair. The Certificate exam will require a separate fee.

Interpreter Professional Orientation and Internship (Noncredit)

Event ID: A15054

Info: Aug 21-Dec 4, 2018 • Tue • 4:00-6:15pm • 14 mtgs • Prior approval needed by instructor S. Zeng. • $525

With: Suzanne Zeng

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