spanish interpreter certification

The fastest growing advanced language course in our language school is the Spanish Interpreter Certification.  Our interpreter certificates are designed for bilingual English-Spanish-English interpreters and scheduled to accommodate working professionals.  The interpreter training focuses on the top industries of medical interpreting, court interpreting and IEP for education.

Get certified as an interpreter in only 7 weeks.  All you need to join our classes is a computer (laptop or desktop) and access to high speed internet.  We encourage you to set up a space that is inspirational, has natural light and reflects your attitude towards learning.

Payment plans are available.  Classes are small and limited to availability.


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If you are taking your interpreting career to the next level or starting fresh, this interpreting course will sharpen your skills for success.


What is the Spanish Interpreter Certification?

Our Spanish Interpreter program consists of live online classes for interpreters and translators to earn their certificate to officially interpret or translate for companies of all sizes in the United States.

With 28 hours of curriculum, graduates of the certificate program will be versed in the interpreting practices of simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation.  This will be accomplished over 7 weeks with a consecutive series of 4-hour interpreter classes.  Classes are either scheduled on the weekends or in the evenings.

Each training class contains fundamentals, real-world scenarios, exercises and review.  Interpreter classes will be focused on the fundamental styles as well as popular industries in interpreting including medical interpreting, court interpreting and IEP interpreting for educators and school districts.

Is the Interpreter Certification Online?

Yes! The interpreter training program is held online and taught by live instructors.  Students will be required to attend each class (usually scheduled for Saturdays at 9-1PM) and complete a final project to earn their interpreter certification.

Students are encouraged to find an area in their home or office with privacy and very limited distractions.  Before class starts, find your space with good lighting on your face and at a height where your camera shows your full face.  This will enhance the online experience and make sure that your classmates and instructor can interact while demonstrating or observing expressions and body language which are important for interpreters.

Are there Benefits to Earning an Interpreter Certification?

Many professionals that join our Spanish interpreter certification course are already interpreting and translating in their everyday lives.  In fact, they become so relied on that they become the in-house interpreter that is also a teacher or clerk or secretary.  

They want to learn interpreting fundamentals and are willing to improve their skills to serve the people that are dependent on them.  That is always noble and these students receive great value from this interpreter course.  

Other bilingual interpreter students have researched careers based on their skills and have found a fulfilling career in interpreting.  

These students become certified interpreters and translators and gain a new set of skills and confidence that will qualify them for the position they seek or the promotion at work.

Others find success in contracting as an interpreter.  Doing job based or project based work is a great way to earn income and stay flexible in your schedule.

In fact, Arizona Language Center is hiring interpreters all of the time and we often hire our own students  as contractors while they build their own business.


Does this Certificate Include Sight & Document Translation Training?

Yes!  You will be a certified interpreter and a certified translator.  This course will teach you the fundamentals of interpreting language as well as different interpreting styles such as simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation or translating text. 

This interpreter certification is an important step if you plan on a career specifically in medical or court or IEP.  If you are interested in a more specific course, please let us know.  IF we have 3 or more students also interested, we can start an industry specific interpreter course that will give almost twice the materials in your specific industry than the general interpreter certification.  


2019 Simultaneous Interpreter Certificate in Phoenix

Graduates receiving their interpreter certifications

Am I Qualified for the Interpreter Certification Program?

Our main goal for our graduates is success as an interpreter.  In order to achieve this success, we ensure you are a qualified candidate for our course through a 15-minute interview with our instruction.

During this call, we will be analyzing your fluency in both English and Spanish and also clarifying the course load and expectations you should have as a student.

If you are recommended as a qualified student, you will be enrolled into the class dates you have chosen (limited to 10 students per course).


How Can I Advance my Career with my Interpreter Certification?

Our students have a variety of options once they are certified as interpreters.  Many employers will require an interpreter to be certified as a requirement for the job.  Being certified not only opens employment opportunities as a general interpreter, but also provides confidence in your interpreting skills and the ability to do a high quality and ethical interpreting job or project.

Other graduates are starting their own business and will seek partnerships and business opportunities in conferences, courts, business firms and institutions that need and/or are required to provide interpreting services to their clients and customers.




Interpreter Graduates Receive Digital & Physical Certificates

Spanish Interpreter Certificate




Spanish Interpreter Certificate – Pre-requisite: Candidates must be fluently bilingual in English-Spanish-English and complete a personal interview and evaluation to be accepted into course and must attend all classes and complete all homework and in class assignments to graduate.

7 weeks online course (28 hours) taught by experienced Spanish/English simultaneous interpreters.

    Introduction to Interpreter Techniques

    • Simultaneous interpreting
    • Consecutive interpreting
    • Sight translation
    • Shadowing
    • Interpreter techniques exercises
    • Homework for next class

    Medical Interpreter Terminology

    • Homework review from previous class
    • Medical terminology vocabulary
    • Medical translation exercises (simultaneous & consecutive)
    • Medical sight translation
    • Homework for next class

    Psychological Terms and Individualized Education Program (IEP)

    • Psychological terms vocabulary and videos
    • Introduction to Individualized Education Program (IEP) and videos
    • False Cognates
    • Psychological and IEP exercises (simultaneous & consecutive)
    • Sight translation exercise
    • Homework for next class

    Introduction to Court Interpreter Terminology

    • Legal terminology vocabulary and videos
    • Requirements to become a court interpreter
    • English/Spanish Idioms
    • Sight translation exercise
    • Homework for next class

    Court Interpreter Terminology Practice

    • Exercise consecutive translation of a deposition
    • Practice on translating legal terminology vocabulary
    • Homework for next class

    Medical Interpreter Terminology Practice

    • Medical terminology translation practice (simultaneous and consecutive)
    • Sight translation practice of medical form and patients’ rights & responsibilities
    • Homework for next class

    Interpreter Techniques Review

    • Review of the material covered over the last 6 weeks (Q&A)
    • Introduction to translation equipment
    • Final consecutive and simultaneous exercises
    • Graduation



    1. Interpreters help facilitate communication between individuals or groups who speak different languages.

    This is important because it allows people who don’t speak the same language to communicate and understand each other, which is essential for building relationships, conducting business, and engaging in other activities that require effective communication.  Becoming a certified interpreter allows you to communicate important details as a professional in several scenarios not limited to medical, court or IEP interpreting.

    2.  Becoming an interpreter allows an individual to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of different cultures.

    Language is so much more than words because many times the meanings of these words can have cultural impact or significance.  Interpreters are exposed to a wide range of cultures and languages, which can give them insights into the beliefs, values, and customs of people from different backgrounds.  Most likely you already have an understanding of the cultures attached to the languages in which you are proficient.

    3.  Interpreting is a highly respected and sought-after field that offers opportunities for personal and professional growth.

    Interpreters are often in high demand and can work in a variety of settings, including international organizations, government agencies, and businesses. This allows them to gain valuable experience and develop a wide range of skills that can be applied in different contexts.  Bilingual employees that have experience interpreting in the workplace are encouraged to leverage those skills as a workplace asset and to be fairly compensated for those duties.  Becoming a certified interpreter, often times, is an investment an employer is willing to compensate for their employee at no charge to the interpreter.  Ask your HR or manager and we would be happy to discuss directly with them the opportunity and details of certification.

    4.  Interpreting is a well paid profession that offers a good salary and a flexible and dynamic work environment.

    Interpreters are typically paid well for their services, and they often have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and assignments, which can be both challenging and rewarding.  Graduates from our interpreter certification course are either looking to seek employment as a full time interpreter working for a corporation or business or have plans to contract their skills on a per project basis.  Per 2022 data, interpreters earn on average $48,000 as employees, which may include full benefits.

    5.  Becoming an interpreter allows an individual to use their language skills to make a positive impact in the world.

    Nothing is more frustrating when there is a language barrier in the way of communication.  Interpreters play a crucial role in facilitating communication and understanding between people from different backgrounds, and their work can help to promote peace, understanding, and cooperation between different groups.  As a certified interpreter, you are the cog that makes the wheel turn in negotiations, communications regarding serious matter and clarifications when words carry cultural or contextual meaning within the language.

    6.  Interpreters often have the opportunity to travel and work in a variety of settings.

    This includes international organizations, government agencies, and businesses. This allows them to see and experience different parts of the world and to work with a diverse range of people.  As the world opens back up for travel and restrictions have lessened, it has allowed us to meet in person and create relationships face to face once again.  Interpreting in person has advantages and is prioritized in industries in the medical, legal and education fields.

    7.  Interpreting is a challenging and stimulating field that is expected to be one of the fastest growing industries in the US

    In the past decade, interpreters have become a requirement and legal right in legal, government and education systems.  This allows an individual to work with a diverse range of people and be constantly challenged and stimulated by the work.  This have placed high demand on “qualified” and competent interpreters in the fields of simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation.  These qualified interpreters will take priority when companies are looking to hire for their interpreter needs.

    8.  Interpreters are often required to work on a wide range of projects and assignments, and this can be both challenging and rewarding.

    A general certification in interpreting is having the knowledge and education of the fundamental techniques of simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation.  Once an interpreter is certified, they may seek to specify their practice in a field of choice.  In specified courses, interpreters will learn terminology, ethics and best practices within that specific industry only.  Popular specialty interpreter training can be found in the medical and legal fields.  As with any industry, interpreters with tenure in their industry will gain insight and expertise specific to their industry which increases their value as an interpreter.

    9.  Interpreters use their knowledge of languages and cultures to bridge gaps and facilitate understanding between people from different backgrounds.

    This is important because it allows individuals and groups who don’t speak the same language to communicate and understand each other, which can help to promote peace, understanding, and cooperation between different groups.  Often times, words from different languages don’t translate correctly unless there is context or cultural awareness of the lack of literal translation.  In business conversations and negotiations or setting clear expectations, every word must be understood. 

    10.  Interpreters use their skills and expertise to help facilitate important events and negotiations.

    Simultaneous interpreting can be found in conferences, government summits and even large sporting events.  This is one of the most difficult techniques of interpreting, but can be the most lucrative form of interpreting as the audience receiving the live interpretation of the material is dependent on the feed to gain understanding of the presentation.  This is important because it allows people from different backgrounds and languages to communicate and understand each other, which is essential for building relationships, conducting business, and engaging in other activities that require effective communication.