The Interpretation & Translation-Generalist certificate is designed to prepare functionally bilingual students for entry-level employment as general, nonspecialized interpreters or translators. Students must hold a college degree (AA, AS, AAS, Bachelor or higher) to enter the ITR Generalist certificate program. Upon completion, students should be able to provide basic interpreting and translation services between English and their other language(s) in nonspecialized contexts such as customer service, call center, intake, receptionist, general office, supervision of bilingual employees and human resources. The program is designed for functionally bilingual students who wish to add general interpreting and translation skills to their current set of job skills, or functionally bilingual workers who seek to qualify for differential pay based on their bilingual skills at their current jobs that require contact with Limited English Proficient customers, clients or employees. Graduates of the ITR Generalist certificate are also eligible to apply to one of the specialized Interpretation & Translation certificate programs: Business, Education, Healthcare, Human Services or Judiciary.
ITR Generalist certificate students complete basic courses in Interpretation & Translation, as well as ethics. Note: Students interested in interpretation and translation who do not already possess a college degree (AA, AS, AAS, Bachelor or higher) should consider the Interpretation & Translation Associate of Applied Science degree.
A program chairperson and a program counselor are available to assist students with education and career planning.
Employment opportunities for general interpreters and translators are currently found in all industries and businesses where nonspecialized interpretation and translation services are needed. There are also many volunteer opportunities.
Note: Interpretation & Translation employment in specialized areas, including legal, medical, social services, education fields and many businesses, requires specialized training and/or certification. Students interested in those fields should consider completing one of the specialized Interpretation & Translation certificates after completing the ITR Generalist certificate.
For more information about the Interpretation & Translation-Generalist certificate, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/itr.
Location: Urban (NOTE : All Interpretation & Translation courses are online.)
Students start in the Fall semester of any year
Students should contact the ITR academic advisor for planning, as courses are only offered once per year.
Program Entry Requirements:
- Complete an application for admission.
- Satisfy the assessment requirement.
- Complete the ITR online program information orientation including the survey.
- Provide evidence of completion of a college degree (AA, AS, Bachelor or higher).
- Provide evidence of proficiency in English with one of the following:
- ACT score on the English subtest of 19 or above.
- A minimum COMPASS writing score of 70.
- Completion of ENG 105 with a grade of “C” or better.
- TOEFL score of 173 on the computer test or 500 on the paper test.
- Completion of two years of college study with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (or equivalent) at any institution where English is the medium of instruction.
- Other evidence demonstrating English proficiency may be approved by the program chairperson.
- Show proficiency in a second language with one of the following:
- Evidence of completion of high school in a country where the language is spoken.
- Two years of college study with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or equivalent at an institution in a country where the language is spoken.
- Completion of a college minor in the second language with a minimum grade of “C” for all courses taken in the second language.
- Proficiency may be demonstrated with other evidence, but must be approved by the program chairperson.
- Students will need computer skills to be successful in the program. If students do not have these skills, completion of BCA 212 or CSC 110 is strongly recommended, but the course will be an extra course and will not apply toward program requirements.