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  • Translating and Interpreting

    Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, and online courses.
    Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.

    • Translation and Interpreting — Associate in Applied Science Degree (60 credits)
    • Translation and Interpreting — Certificate (30 credits)

About the Program

The Translation and Interpreting program is designed to educate students who wish to develop professional interpreting skills and prepare for a career that serves our increasingly diverse population.. It is especially well suited for students who have previous post-secondary education who wish to provide accurate, culturally-competent interpretation in a variety of settings. Coursework includes consecutive interpreting, simultaneous interpreting, translation techniques, standards of practice and codes of ethics. Learn more about the program faculty.

Professional Organizations

American Translators Association (ATA)
International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA)

Upper Midwest Translators and Interpreters Association (UMTIA)
Interpreting Stakeholder Group (ISG)


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Articulation agreements provide students with educational plans that help them transfer into four-year colleges and universities.

Potential Job Titles

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  • Interpreter and Translator

Salary Data

Interpreter and Translator
Average Wage: $24.04/hour
Top Earners: $36.22/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area -

Learning Outcomes

Translation and Interpreting - Certificate 30 Credits

  • Understand major concepts in the field, including cognitive processes interpreting, standards of practice, ethical decision-making, and translation strategies.
  • Understand legislative, cultural, and societal frameworks affecting interpreters and translators.
  • Understand domain-specific concepts and constraints in at least one specialized area in which translators and interpreters work (for example, medical, legal, or educational settings).


  1. Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000, or completion of RDNG 0090 with a grade of C or higher; assessment placement in ENGL 1021, or completion of ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher.
  2. Advanced High or Superior rating on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in both English and a language other than English, prior to TRIN 1041 (contact Celia Martin Mejia if you have questions concerning the ACTFL OPI; information will be provided to students enrolled in TRIN 1031: Standards of Practice and Skill of Interpreting).
  3. The Minnesota Human Services background study with no restrictions may be required for the internship and courses with practicum, service learning and field experience requirements.
  4. Structured interpreting practicums, service learning and field experiences are important components of quality interpreter programs. Students in the Associate in Applied Science in Translation and Interpreting Program are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of approved practicums, field experiences, or service learning. Students in the Certificate in Translation and Interpreting Program are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of approved practicums, field experiences, or service learning.
  5. Please refer to the TRIN Program Information link on the Translation and Interpreting Program webpage for more details. Applicants are strongly encouraged to fill out the program information form and meet with the program director prior to starting coursework.