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What will I learn?

The Community Interpretation program provides students with a foundation in the skills of Spanish-English translation and interpretation. Students train intensively in the three modes of interpreting: simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translation. Instruction covers general and literary translation and skills are applied in the contexts of medicine, law, and business. The program prepares individuals seeking interpreter certification and improves marketability for bilinguals who use Spanish and English in the workplace.

The Associate of Science Degree in Community Interpretation will be awarded upon completion of the degree requirements, including general education and other graduation requirements.

Certificate Program

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Sight translate legal, business and medical documents from English into Spanish and from Spanish into English.
  • Consecutively interpret speech from English into Spanish and Spanish into English in legal, business, and medical settings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional associations existing in the fields of translation and interpreting.
  • Demonstrate effective use of resources such as dictionaries and the internet in performing terminological research.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of protocol appropriate to setting in which student is interpreting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of terminology appropriate to setting in which student is interpreting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate entry-level positions available in the job market for interpreters.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate venues for further study in Translation and Interpreting

Which department am I in?

Riverside Community College District

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
US$8,700.00 per year
Students pay both the USD $46 per unit enrollment fee and the USD $290 per unit non-resident tuition fee; plus out of country non-resident surcharge: USD $17 per unit.
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

14 February 2022


Moreno Valley College

16130 Lasselle Street,



92551, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Anyone who has graduated from high school; passed the California High School Proficiency Exam; earned a Certificate of Completion; passed the GED or who is 18 years of age or older.

For international students

High school diploma or equivalent OR over the age of 18; international students must demonstrate English language skills through one of the following minimum test scores/certificates: TOEFL iBT 45 or equivalent, IELTS: 4.5, iTEP: 3.0, OCFL: TOEFL iTP 450, Pearson PTE: 30, TOEFL PBT: 450, AEC: Level 6, Duolingo: 75.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.