Our Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program offers balanced, comprehensive, and rigorous professional training for those who are highly fluent in English and at least one other language and want to facilitate communication between speakers of these languages. In this program, which is one of the few credit programs of its kind in the United States, experienced working professionals offer up-to-date training for aspiring and practicing translators and interpreters.

See an overview table of required courses in the program for more details. Courses in the program may be taken individually or as part of the full certificate program.

Nature of the Work

Interpreters work with the spoken word, and translators work with the written word. Interpreters are in demand locally in a variety of medical, legal, social service, and government settings. With globalization, translators are in demand just about anywhere in the world and in almost any field. Translators and interpreters usually work on a freelance basis, sometimes through an agency. Others are employed by international businesses and organizations as well as governmental agencies.

Program Components

The program’s non-language-specific core courses (taught in English) provide comprehensive and practical interpreter and translator training for speakers of any language. The curriculum includes research skills, business practices, ethics, terminology management, and technology. Language-specific courses are offered in select languages and emphasize hands-on practice and skill-building in translation and editing or the three interpreting modes (consecutive, simultaneous, and sight).

Certificates are language-specific and are offered in select languages according to student demand. Each certificate requires completion of five core courses and three language-specific courses for a total of 24 credits (240 course hours of instruction). Because both certificates share most of the core courses, they may be pursued simultaneously with only four additional required courses for 36 credits (360 course hours of instruction).

Most classes are offered in the evening and meet once a week for 10 weeks. Students can expect to complete the certificate program in translation or interpretation in 1½ to 2 years. Upon earning a Translation or Interpretation Certificate, students have a solid foundation for taking professional certification tests such as the Washington state court interpreter certification exam.

Accommodating and Flexible

The program’s small classes let instructors give students personal attention. Classes are taught during evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Our flexible program lets you start any quarter you like and finish at your own pace. You can take as few as one or two classes a week.

Free Info Session

To learn more about our Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program, call (425) 564-2263 to inquire about registering for a free information session.

Professional Associations

For more information on opportunities in translation and interpretation, visit:

  • The American Translators Association
  • The National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators
  • The Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society
  • The Washington State Court Interpreters and Translators Society