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Translation and Interpretation


For bilingual students who wish to aid in the communication and understanding of those with only one language in a variety of fields, translation and interpretation may be the perfect area of study. CCA is the only Colorado college that offers a certificate, as well as an associate of applied science, in translation and interpretation, which will prepare students for a career as an interpreter in many industries.

Translation and Interpretation General Certificate

Translation and Interpretation Legal Certificate

Translation and Interpretation Medical Certificate

Translation and Interpretation Associate of Applied Science

Plan of Study and Physical Requirements

Translation and Interpretation Frequently Asked Questions

Translation and Interpretation Contact Information

Being a part of CCA's award-winning Translation and Interpretation Program is the first step on a path to success. The program has been recognized for Academic Excellence and was selected as a Colorado Community College System Outstanding Program.

Academic Excellence awardTranslation and Interpretation Certificate

CCA is currently the only Colorado college that offers a Translation and Interpretation Certificate. If your desire is to be a translator or to be an interpreter, this program is for you. Graduates can enter the workforce in the fields of medicine, law, and education, among others.

This general certificate is intended for proficient bilingual students interested in gaining skills for employment as interpreters and/or translators as well as for currently working translators and interpreters looking to polish off their skills. A legal certificate is also offered that requires all of the courses in the general certificate, as well as paralegal and criminal justice courses, to prepare students for employment in the legal field. In addition, a medical certificate that adds biology and health professional courses is also offered for students wanting to pursue a career in the medical field. Finally, an associate of applied science, with special emphasis on legal and medical terminology and concepts is offered.

Upon successful completion, students will be able to provide effective interpreting services in both consecutive and simultaneous modes. Translators and translator learners will find valuable the input from experienced proofreaders in their language pair, with the practice translations commented in detail to every student.

Prospective students must demonstrate adequate proficiency level in English and the other language for an invitation to the mandatory program orientation and enrollment in the certificate. Please fill out the Translation and Interpretation Orientation Exemption Request Form to request an orientation or if you believe you may be exempt from orientation due to satisfactory English and Target Language Proficiency Requirements.

Read more about what courses are required for the Translation and Interpretation Certificate and learn about what kind of employment is available for a skilled translator or interpreter.

Get started now by taking the following steps to prepare for registration for the upcoming semester. 

STEP 1: Apply to CCA (and Financial_Aid and College Opportunity Fund ) if seeking financial assistance)

STEP 2: Complete Translation and Interpretation Program Questionnaire

STEP 3: Complete Translation and Interpretation Program Online Orientation

STEP 4: Schedule and take Accuplacer Test (for English)

STEP 5: Schedule and take Translation and Interpretation Test. For languages other than Spanish, please contact the Translation and Interpretation program directly.

STEP 6: Schedule meeting with Academic Advisor (Svetlana Ehrhart) to register for courses.

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