Legal Interpretation and Translation Certificate (Mandarin Chinese/English)

SFU offers the only legal interpretation and translation certificate program in Canada. In only 10 months part-time, you’ll graduate ready to work as an in-demand Mandarin Chinese/English translator or interpreter specializing in the legal field. You’ll also be well prepared for the exam to be nationally certified as a court interpreter.

Note: this program is not currently accepting students.


Courses: 10
Completion time: 10 months
Location: Online

Why this program?

  • Complete the program in 10 months ready to work as a legal interpreter or translator
  • Get hands-on training in the field by observing court proceedings in action
  • Be ready to take the Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council (CTTIC) exam for national certification as a court interpreter
  • Graduate with a certificate that confers SFU alumni status along with its benefits


  • Canada forecasts 8,100 new job openings in interpretation and translation between 2019 and 2028
  • High demand for Mandarin/English interpreters and translators in B.C.
  • Strongest employment prospects for professionals with specialized training in legal or scientific fields
  • Legal interpreters and translators commonly employed by law firms, businesses, government agencies, international organizations and specialized translation and interpretation agencies
  • Across Canada, wages for an interpreter or translator reach an average high of about $43/hour





Program completion

10 months
To graduate, complete each course with a minimum grade of B-. (You must receive a minimum final grade of B- in each course before moving on to the next course.)

Program dates

This program is not currently accepting students

Course work

Class time: 9 hours/week
Homework: 2–3 hours/week
Field training: minimum 5 sessions (15 hours)


Wed 6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Sat 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Learning materials

Included in tuition


$7,950 (same for international and domestic students)
$75 program application fee

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