Spanish/English Community Interpreting Certificate

Program Goals Statement

This certificate prepares bilingual students (Spanish and English) to work as interpreters in a variety of community settings. Students develop specialized vocabulary and communication skills and learn the standards and practices of professional interpreters and translators.

Program Information

  • Interpreters are required to demonstrate written and oral fluency in both English and Spanish by taking a written and oral exam before being accepted to the program.
  • A passing score on the written and oral Spanish exams are prerequisites to HUM 156.
  • ENG 101 is a co-requisite of HUM 156.
  • Students with prior experience as interpreters should consult with the program director to discuss Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) credits.

After Bristol

  • Students with a bachelor’s degree can prepare to take the Office of Court Interpreter Services (OCIS) certificate exam.
  • The program follows the Massachusetts Medical Interpreters Association (MMIA) guidelines.
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Certificate Type

Certificate of Achievement


Degree Offered

Certificate of Achievement in Spanish/English Community Interpreting

Program Contact

Alejandro Latinez
Program Coordinator

Jennifer Puniello
Dean of Arts and Humanities

Avis Rupert
Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities