English/Spanish Document Translation

Specialized Study Program in English/Spanish Document Translation

Specialized Study Program in English/Spanish Document Translation

Classroom Program


9 months


UCR Extension

We are no longer accepting applications for this program as it is currently being sunset.  If you are currently enrolled in the certificate, please contact your academic advisor who will assist you in developing an individual education plan to complete the certificate.

Professional translators are in demand in schools, businesses, government offices, healthcare facilities and courtrooms. Complete a comprehensive program so you will be able to accurately express the meaning of written texts between target and source languages. Use practice assignments, research methods, technology, analysis of language structures and other tools to ensure nothing is "lost in translation."

Designed For

Individuals who are:

  • Looking to strengthen their language of habitual use.
  • Ready to speed up their bilingual development.
  • Looking for a position as a professional interpreter or translator.

Courses are not separated by language. Principles and examples are applied concurrently in each course to translate to and from English and Spanish. All translation competencies and methodologies are appropriately integrated in each course, and then students advance when ready to translate more difficult texts.

What You'll Learn

  • Basic, intermediate and advanced tools to translate accurately
  • Reading comprehension and analyses in both English and Spanish
  • Bilingual writing mechanics
  • Translation concepts
  • Translation methods and procedures to solve difficult translation problems

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in firms, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Professional Translator
  • Linguist
  • Interpreter

Program Overview


9 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“I have been translating for about eight years, and this program gave me the help I needed to overcome a block I struggled with when working on translation projects. It exposed me to valuable tools and available resources. My instructors were highly experienced and an inspiration.”

Marleni Carias

Content Management Specialist
Reliance Steel and Aluminum Co.
Alhambra, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Must successfully pass the qualifying admissions written exam to determine mastery in both languages.

Admissions Exam:

  • Students must successfully pass the qualifying admissions written exam to determine mastery in both languages
  • Bring a bilingual dictionary
  • Bring pencils or pens

Program Timeline

  • Summer Quarter: Enroll in the Information Session and complete the Admissions Exam
  • Fall Quarter: Start the program

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Specialized Certificate in English/Spanish Document Translation: Information Session

SPN 851.02

Qualifying Admission Exam for the Interpretation and Document Translation Programs

SPN 852.32

Quarter 2

Comparative Analysis of the Structures of English and Spanish Languages

SPN X409

2.5 units

Fundamental Principles and Methodologies of Translation

SPN X409.01

2 units

Quarter 3

Intermediate Principles and Methodologies of Translation

SPN X409.02

2 units

Quarter 4

Advanced Principles and Methodologies of Translation

SPN X409.03

2.5 units

Instructor Spotlight

“I have worked in the healthcare industry in California and Mexico for more than 30 years. In addition to being an M.D., I am also a Nationally Certified Healthcare Interpreter. I enjoy working with a diverse group of students to help bridge the language and culture gap. I will guide you and help you develop the translation and interpretation skills to be successful in the healthcare industry.”

Dr. Jesus Oliva-Barron

Director of Healthcare Consulting & CEO
MAGNUS & SIERRA Language Health Training Center
Walnut, CA

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