The fastest growing advanced course in our language school is the 28-hour Spanish interpreter certification in Phoenix, Arizona.  Our interpreter classes are designed for bilingual English-Spanish-English interpreters and scheduled to accommodate working professionals.  The interpreter program 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.  


January 15th, 2022

Saturdays 9AM-1PM MST (AZ)


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.

What are the Benefits of a Certified Interpreter or Translator?


 Many interpreters that join our 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.  


Will I be a Certified Translator as well as a Certified Interpreter? 

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 (pre-pandemic)

What is the qualification process for the interpreter 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 reccommended as a qualified student, you will be enrolled into the class dates you have chosen (limited to 10 students per course).


Interpreter Graduates Receive Digital & Physical Certificates

Spanish Interpreter Certificate

My compliments to your instructor “El Señor” Carlos! Besides being an exceptional mature man and Spanish instructor, Mr. Urbina was very approachable and a great listener.  He made the class atmosphere stress free and fun which allowed us to better learn the art of translation. You can tell that Mr. Urbina enjoyed and has passion of what he does….and it shows. 

Jesse R.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Graduate, May 2021

I definitely enjoyed this interpreter course.  The lessons were informative, varied, interactive and the instructor always taught with a positive demeanor.  I liked the fact that the classes included both written translations and interpreting. The school administration was very proactive and fast in answering.

Susan S.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Graduate, March 2021


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 (translate one current event, shadow any type of radio, TV or podcast)

Medical Interpreter Terminology

  • Homework review from previous class
  • Medical terminology vocabulary and videos
  • Medical translation exercises (simultaneous & consecutive)
  • Medical sight translation
  • Homework for next class (translate one current event, translate a medical document)

Psychological Terms and Individualized Education Program (IEP)

  • Homework review from previous class
  • 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 (translate one current event, translate a legal document)


Introduction to Court Interpreter Terminology

  • Homework review from previous class
  • Legal terminology vocabulary and videos
  • Requirements to become a court interpreter
  • English/Spanish Idioms
  • Sight translation exercise
  • Homework for next class (translate one current event, translate a legal document)

Court Interpreter Terminology Practice

  • Homework review from previous class
  • Exercise consecutive translation of a deposition
  • Practice on translating legal terminology vocabulary
  • Homework for next class (translate one current event, translate a legal document)

Medical Interpreter Terminology Practice

  • Homework review from previous class
  • Medical terminology translation practice (simultaneous and consecutive)
  • Sight translation practice of medical form and patients’ rights & responsibilities
  • Homework for next class (translate one current event, translate a legal document)

Interpreter Techniques Review

  • Homework for next class (translate one current event, translate a legal document)
  • Review of the material covered over the last 6 weeks (Q&A)
  • Introduction to translation equipment
  • Final consecutive and simultaneous exercises
  • Graduation
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