How to Get Started: Admission & Registration

Admission Requirements

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).

Online Bilingual Entrance Exam

The online exam dates for spring 2021 admission are:
January 9, 10, 11 & 12, 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.

To Register for the Bilingual Entrance Exam

  1. Obtain an SF State ID and Password.
  2. Email Eric Bishop to request registration in the Bilingual Entrance Exam. Please include your:
    • first name(s)
    • last name(s)
    • SF State ID number

Application for Admission

After you have been notified that you have passed the Bilingual Entrance Exam, complete and return an application for admission (PDF) with a check for the non-refundable application fee $50.

PDF  Application for Admission

Introduction to Online Legal/Court Interpretation Courses

Online Courses

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.

Registration for Courses

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.

Academic Credit

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.


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