Certificate of Achievement in Interpreter (Spanish)

Division: Language & Communication Studies

Students completing this certificate will be prepared for the three California Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts Certified Interpreter Exams in English and Spanish.

Program Outcomes

  • Communicate clearly and effectively in Spanish and English in both written and oral formats.
  • Use the specific vocabulary of medical or legal professions.  
  • Use simultaneous and consecutive interpretation techniques and do sight and text translations to prepare them for the California state Spanish interpreter licensure exam.     
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity to persons and legal traditions involved in court proceedings.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for employment in a variety of governmental and medical settings.

 Program Requirements

ENGL 001College Reading and Composition4
ENGL 380Vocabulary Building for Tests1
SPAN 004Advanced Spanish3-4
or SPAN 012 Hispanic Literature
SPAN 280Interpreter Written Exam Prep1
SPAN 281Spanish Interpreting Skills3
Select 8-9 units from the following courses:
AJ 112Legal Aspects of Evidence3
AJ 115Criminal Law 23
BUS 293Business English4
SPAN 282Spanish Legal/Medical Terms3
WEXP 193CSpanish Interpreter Work Experience - 1st Semester1 - 4
WEXP 194CSpanish Interpreter Work Experience - 2nd Semester1 - 4
WEXP 195CSpanish Interpreter Work Experience - 3rd Semester1 - 4
WEXP 196CSpanish Interpreter Work Experience - 4th Semester1 - 4

The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Language Arts Division Chair.