English <> Spanish translation certification prep (by teleconference)

Registration page for course starting January 2020

What we expect participants to accomplish

  • Understand the ATA grading scale in greater depth, and internalize it so they can “think like a grader.”
  • Transfer the skills acquired in the 17-session course to their daily work.
  • Identify their own strengths and weaknesses in translation, and evaluate which language pair (English to Spanish or Spanish to English) is stronger in their case.
  • Make a plan of future steps for personal improvement in translation.
  • Understand the results of the ATA practice test when they receive them so they can take steps for improvement before taking an ATA certification exam.

Prerequisites: Candidates must pass an admissions test. Participation in the Spanish writing class has proven to be helpful.

Note: ATA organizes a separate series of orientation seminars to the ATA certification exam. This course is not related to that series. Neither of the main instructors is an ATA grader. Both instructors are ATA certified translators with experience in professional development of interpreters and translators.

Cost: $750 ($30 discount for members of professional associations)

2020 class: January 9 to May 22, 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm Pacific time. 

See the Syllabus for a more detailed list of topics.

Instructor bios

Online resource list

CE credits obtained for 2019 (will be requested for 2020)

  • 10 language-specific CE credits granted by Court Language Access Services (Oregon) for Oregon Court Interpreters
  • 10 CEU for WA AOC for Washington state credentialed interpreters
  • 1.5 CEU per session attended for WA DSHS, #163 (if participant attends all 17 sessions, 17×1.5=25.5)

Technical requirements

  • Computer with good internet connection (participants will be entering answers on their computers on a regular basis)
  • Headset (using speakers for audio creates echoes for the other listeners)
  • Microphone (all participants will be interacting live on their microphones)


Highly recommended books

Other shorter and very helpful resources

  • Ortografía escolar de la lengua española. In 63 pages, it covers most of what is needed for spelling and punctuation. It does not cover stylistic issues such as use of italics.
  • Gramática súper fácil de la lengua española, de Leonardo Gómez Torrego. In 64 pages, it covers the most common mistakes in Spanish writing.
  • Style guide for Spanish writing, by Helen Eby. Online.
  • Verb tenses and their use in Spanish, by Helen Eby. Online.
  • Diccionario del español de México. It includes guides to spelling and grammar.