To be admitted, students must pass the College of Extended Learning's online Bilingual Entrance Exam to demonstrate university level proficiency in Spanish and English AND have 60 semester units of prior college work (BA preferred).
The online exam dates for summer 2021 admission are:
May 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2021
Candidates can only take the exam on these dates, and may only take the exam a maximum of two times. See Sample Questions (PDF). For additional study practice, see Federal Exam (PDF). Please note that the federal sample exam is more difficult than the Bilingual Entrance Exam.
After you have been notified that you have passed the Bilingual Entrance Exam, complete the SF State Extension Cal State Apply Online Application for Spanish/English Interpretation.
In addition, you MUST submit an original sealed Official Transcript* to the College of Extended Learning after you complete your Cal State Apply application. All hard-copy official transcripts MUST be received by the college in order for a student to be accepted as a certificate student. We can’t accept electronic official transcripts or printouts of electronic official transcripts for the Official Transcript requirement.
Mail your original Official Transcript(s) to:
College of Extended Learning
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
*Current SF State degree-seeking students and graduates are exempt from the Official Transcript submission requirement.
Learn more about our online interpretation training in this introductory video featuring program director Eric Bishop.
If you have questions or would like more information about online training, please contact Eric Bishop.
Within seven to ten business days, you will be notified by email that your Certificate Program Application Form has been processed. You may then register for the Introduction to Interpreting class. For registration instructions, see Register & Pay. Early registration is advised.
The required courses in this program carry full upper-division academic credit. Some courses may be applied toward a Spanish degree with a faculty advisor approval. For further information, contact the SF State Spanish Language Department (415) 338-1421. Courses taken on a credit/no credit basis may not be used towards a Spanish major.
As a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, CalJOBS provides connections to customer-focused employment training for adults and dislocated workers. SF State is an approved provider for WIOA funds. SF State is listed on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) on the CalJOBS website. Search on Keyword: SF State College of Extended Learning.