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Translation Certification Programs

Posted By Jeyin Lee, Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

(Originally Posted on July 29, 2015)

Business is booming! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow by 46% from 2012 to 2022, which is far above the average projections for other careers.  As businesses globalize and adjust their products for new markets, translators are expected to be high in demand. To get in on this lucrative career, translation training and certification is required.

Many major universities as well as specialized institutions offer graduate degrees, certificates or other types of translation programs.  Below are a few profiles of some training opportunities:

Certified Translation Professional Designation Program

In the CTP Designation Program, students register for a self-paced, translation training online course and receive additional study materials such as videos, books, and guides. They receive become certified after taking a self-administered 3-hour online exam. Graduates of this program gain access to the CTP database, which has many opportunities for networking and employment.

  • Cost: $475
  • Length of Program: self-paced
  • Languages: Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Danish, Portuguese, Korean, Dutch, Romanian, Indonesian, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, French, Italian, German, Bulgarian, Japanese, Greek, Polish, Irish, Thai, Punjabi, Hungarian

Bellevue College

Bellevue College offers a Translation Certificate as well as an Interpretation Certificate. These programs are great for professionals who are pursuing translation or interpretation while still working. Most classes are offered at night or on the weekend, so translation certification typically takes 1 ½ or 2 years to complete. The certificates are language-specific, and include 5 core courses, such as  as well as 3 language-specific courses. Each certificate requires 24 credits, but the Interpretation Certificate and the Translation Certificate can be combined t

  • Cost: $2,564 for residents, $6,692 for non-residents
  • Length of Program: 1 ½ – 2 years
  • Languages: depending on student demand
SUNY Binghamton

SUNY Binghamton is the first accredited institution to offer a PhD in Translation Studies. Through its Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP), it also offers a graduate certificate in translation as well as an undergraduate minor in translation studies. This program is best-suited for students and professionals seeking to translate academic works.
  • Cost: for the certificate program, $8,759 for residents and $17,317 for non-residents
  • Length of Program: 1 year
  • Languages: Spanish and French are offered regularly; may also offer Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, German, Korean, and Russian
For more information on certification, careers, or educational programs, there are many other great resources available:
  • American Translators Association
  • National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators
  • American Literary Translators Association

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