Spanish/English Translation Certificate Program FAQs

How do I apply for the Spanish/English Translation Certificate Program?

To apply for the program, you fill out an application form and take a written entrance exam to test proficiency in English and Spanish. Once you are admitted to the program, we will provide you with the information you need to register and pay for classes. Start your application here.

How do I know if my application was received?

You will receive two confirmation emails when you submit your application materials - one for the application form and one for the entrance exam. Please check the spam/junk folder in your email.

How long will it take to review my application?

Applicants are usually notified of the results within 2-3 weeks.

Does the certification allow me to work as a translator/interpreter?  

There is no official government-issued certification in the US to work as a translator. The translation certificate is an educational credential that employers take as an indication of your level of skill and knowledge. 

What kinds of career opportunities will this program open up for me?

This course is intended to put students on a direct path toward job market success. It accomplishes this goal by incorporating a curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of employers in the areas of Medical, Legal, and Business Translation.

Do I need to take all three courses?

To obtain the Certificate you need to take all three courses. However, we can offer a certificate of completion if you have taken only one or two courses.

How many courses should I take per semester?

Unless you are taking courses full-time, we do not recommend you take more than 1 or 2 courses simultaneously.

Do I need to have formal training in translation prior to enrolling in this program?

No, this course is intended for bilingual English-Spanish speakers with no formal training in translation. Textual (i.e. writing) proficiency is required in both languages.

In order to apply and enroll, do I need to have a high school diploma or GED?

No, technically you do not have to have one. However, your educational record is considered in your application in conjunction with your other materials (resume, entrance exam, etc.).

Are there any funding or fellowship opportunities available?

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding for this class may be available for unemployed or dislocated workers and other eligible applicants. Contact your local One-Stop Service Center to learn more about Arizona workforce development program eligibility.

Is there a payment plan option?

Yes. A payment plan is available for students registering for this program.

Will I be a certified translator after taking all three courses?

No. You will have a Certificate in Translation (i.e., an academic credential).  There is no government-issued translation certification in the US.  Some organizations offer tests to translators (and interpreters). The translators who pass the test are certified by that organization.  A well-known test is the one offered by the American Translators Association.

How do online classes work?

The program revolves around guided translation assignments (with exercises) and feedback about those assignments. The translation program courses are self-paced with a few deadlines for submission of assignments and online discussions. 

Is there a specific time that we need to be online to watch a professor live? 

No, there are no live class sessions and no specific times you need to be online participating. You can participate in discussions at your leisure but will need to abide by the due dates provided. 

How much time per week should I expect to spend in this class? 

Depending on how many classes you are taking, you will have work every week for each class. Expect to spend between 5-8 hours a week on each class, depending on the assignment and your level of skill/interest.