- During the application window, click the yellow "Apply Now" button on this page. You will be prompted to create a Student Account and Profile in order to complete the application.
- Complete the application and pay the $20 application fee.
- Upon successful payment of the application fee, a program representative will email you within 1-2 business days with the information needed to complete the online language assessment exam.
- Upon completing the online assessment, you will receive an email from a program representative regarding the status of your assessment and your next steps in pursuit of the certificate. Those who pass the assessment and are accepted into the program will be required to pay a nonrefundable $125 certificate candidacy fee.
This program is perfect for...
- Interpreters and translators wanting to enhance their skills
- Professional interpreters and translators preparing for court certification examinations
- Legal professionals looking to transition to interpretation and translation
- Bilingual individuals interested in interpretation and translation
What you can learn.
- Interpret consecutively and simultaneously
- Translate written material by sight
- Legal applications used in county, state, and federal court systems
- Skills needed to pass court certification examinations
- How to use techniques such as time delay, dual tasking, and terminology research to improve results
- Fine-tune skills using listening, shadowing, retention, and note-taking
Become a professional interpreter.
The demand for interpreters and translators continues to grow. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for these roles is projected to increase 19% between 2018 and 2028.
Position yourself for success in one of today’s fastest growing fields with a rewarding career interpreting in the criminal justice system, civil service, or in business. Our comprehensive, rigorous certificate program is an intensive year of study preparing you to pass the California Court Interpreter State Certification Exam. It will also enrich your understanding of an interpreter’s role and ethics, and deliver a broad background in the U.S. legal system. Courses provide a blend of theory, practical skills, and training in sight translation, vocabulary building, and simultaneous and consecutive interpretation.
This one-year program begins in summer quarter. Applications are accepted in the spring, and a language assessment exam is required in order to be accepted into the program.
What our certificates have done for our students.
feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers
1 in 4
received a salary increase after starting a certificate program
switched careers after completing a certificate program
recommend a certificate program to others
Program Dates and Deadlines
Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2023. Please apply from April 1 - May 30, 2023.
Students must apply and be accepted into the program before enrolling in courses. Please visit this program page in the future for program dates and deadlines.
Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.
Estimated Cost Breakdown
All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.
Application & Candidacy Fee
Estimated Program Tuition
Estimated program textbook/materials
*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.
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Below are helpful links and resources for the interpretation and translation field. The following list does not constitute an endorsement of any of these associations, but is provided for informational use only.
- Judicial Council of California: Learn about the profession of a court certified interpreter
- Spanish-English Federal Court Interpreter Certification Exam: Information on examination phases required to be taken to obtain an Interpretation Certification.
- California Court Interpreter Exam: Information regarding oral and written proficiency examinations.
- National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT): A professional association of Interpreters and Translators to promote the advancement of the profession.
- International Federation of Translators: An international professional association committed to facilitating discussion between translation associations around the world.
- American Translators Association (ATA): A professional association providing career development for interpreters and translators.
- California Court Interpreters Association (CCIA): A not-for-profit organization, dedicated to advancing the professional standards of the court interpreter profession.
- California Federation of Interpreters, Inc. (CFI): A professional association and labor union providing professional and legal services to court interpreters.
- Association of Languages Companies: A national trade organization of businesses involved with interpretation and translation services.