Translation and Interpretation Frequently Asked Questions

Translators convert written material from the source (original) language into the target language. Interpreters convert oral (spoken) material from the source language into the target language. Community College of Aurora's Certificate covers the three modes of interpretation: Consecutive Interpretation, Simultaneous Interpretation, and Sight Translation. This Certificate offers some introductory knowledge about translation, but primarily focuses on the knowledge and skills students will need to work as interpreters in the community.

The Translation and Interpretation General Certificate is 23 credit hours. 8 credit hours are online courses (3 courses in total) and 15 credit hours are face-to-face courses that are one day a week in the evening from 6:00-8:40 pm (5 courses in total). There is also a Translation and Interpretation Legal Certificate that adds Criminal Justice and Paralegal courses, as well as a Translation and Interpretation Medical Certificate that adds Biology and Health Professional courses to the required Translation and Interpretation courses. In addition, CCA now offers an Associate of Applied Science in Translation and Interpretation  that includes general education courses, the Translation and Interpretation General Certificate courses, and the additional courses from the Legal and Medical Certificates.

Students have to complete all 23 credit hours in the General Certificate. Students who do not intend to complete the entire Certificate will not be admitted into the program.

On average, it takes students about 3 semesters to complete the program. However, completion times vary for students who will also have to take ENG 121 and/or SPA 235 and for students who can only take 1 to 2 courses per semester. Completion times also vary for students pursuing the Legal or Medical Translation and Interpretation Certificates due to the additional courses required by these Certificates. In additon, completion times vary for students pursuing the AAS in Translation and Interpretation. A tailored plan of study will be provided at the time of the orientation.

Community College of Aurora's Certificate does not certify students as interpreters. Students wishing to pursue a certification as a medical or court interpreter and/or translator will need to pursue those certifications independently from CCA through the organizations that hold those exams. CCA's Certificate teaches students how to be interpreters in educational, legal, and medical settings. This Certificate helps students expand their opportunities to successfully pass the certification exams as medical or court interpreters.

The Translation and Interpretation Certificate can accommodate the most commonly spoken languages in the Denver Metro Area. These languages are Arabic, Amharic, Farsi, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Somali, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

If a student’s language is not one of the most commonly spoken languages, the student can still pursue the Certificate, but will have to do so language neutral. This means that the student will gain all of the same interpreting skills; however, the student’s proficiency in the Target Language will not be able to be assessed through quizzes and oral materials. Instead, the student will practice the interpreting skills in English only.

The Translation and Interpretation Certificate can only be pursued for spoken languages. Anyone interested in becoming an ASL interpreter can take ASL courses at CCA and transfer those courses to University of Northern Colorado’s ASL-ENG Interpretation Program.

English Proficiency Requirement

To be admitted into the Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program, students must demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways:

1) Provide transcripts proving successful completion of English 121: College Composition I (or a comparable course).

2) Take the Accuplacer exam and be placed into English 121 only. Students will only need to take the English portions of the Accuplacer. Contact the Testing Center for more information and to schedule the Accuplacer exam.

Please Note: Students who test into CCR092 and AAA109 or CCR094 and ENG 121 will not be admitted into the program until they complete ENG 121 successfully or are enrolled in it. Students must test into English 121 only to be admitted into the program for the upcoming semester.

Target Language Proficiency Requirement

To be admitted into the Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program, students must demonstrate proficiency in a Target Language in one of the following ways: 1) High school transcripts from a country where the Target Language is the official language 2) College transcripts from a country where the Target Language is the official language 3) A Bachelor's degree in the Target Language from a US College/University If a student cannot meet any of these Target Language Requirements, he/she will take a Language Assessment during the orientation. Please review this flowchart for clarifying information on Translation and Interpretation Pre-Requisites.

The Translation and Interpretation Program does not provide foreign language classes. Students are expected to be proficient in both English and a Target Language when they are admitted into the program. For students who speak Spanish and grew up here in the United States, a language assessment will be given during the orientation. Often, students are placed into Spanish 235: Reading and Writing to improve their written skills. For students who do not speak Spanish, their language proficiency is assessed through graduation from high school or college in a country where their Target Language is the official one. Although the Certificate does not include foreign language classes, students often find that the classes help them to expand their vocabulary and understanding of their Target Language.

Translation and Interpretation courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters only.

 

Please see the Tuition and Fees below for Colorado Residents

(NOTE: Tuition, College Opportunity Fund stipend, and fee amounts are subject to change pending final approval.)

Resident Tuition Fees Tuition Plus Fees Less COF Final Cost
15 Credits (Face-to-face) $3643.50 $311.17 $3945.67 -$1410 $2535.67
7 Credits (Online) $2857.60     -$752 $2105.60
        Total: $4641.27

 

Each student's financial aid situation is different. Please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss your financial situation.

 

Prefix/Course Number

 Title Start Date End Date  Notes
TRI 101 Intro to Translation & Interpretation Sep 03 Dec 14  Not offered in Fall 2019. Starts 1 week after the regular semester (online)
TRI 103 Ethics for Translation & Interpretation Aug 26 Sep 30  First 5 weeks of the semester (online)
TRI 104 Business of Translation & Interpretation Oct 1 Dec 14  Last 10 weeks of the semester (online)
TRI 201 Consecutive Interpretation I Aug 26 Dec 09 Mondays - 6:00 to 8:40 p.m.
TRI 202 Simultaneous Interpretation I     First semester students are not eligible for these courses.
TRI 203 Sight Translation    

Not offered in Fall 2019. First semester students are not eligible for these courses.

TRI 204 Consecutive Interpretation II     First semester students are not eligible for these courses.
TRI 205 Simultaneous Interpretation II     First semester students are not eligible for these courses.

Registration for the fall semester is now open. Space in the introductory classes is limited, so be sure to register as soon as possible (if you have already been admitted into the program).

  1. Apply and Register at Community College of Aurora. You will receive a Student Number (S#).
  2. Apply for Financial Aid
  3. Take the Accuplacer Exam. Students will only need to take the English portions of the exam. Students who have already successfully completed English 121 will not need to take the Accuplacer.
  4. Once a student receives an S# and Accuplacer Scores that show the student is placed in English 121 only or obtains transcripts proving successful completion of English 121, please contact the World Languages Academic Program Support Specialist Lauryn Gangle-Wythe at lauryn.gangle-wythe@ccaurora.edu to schedule you for a mandatory Translation and Interpretation orientation.
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