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Workshop: How to Start your Translator and Interpreter Career

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

$15 – $25

For anyone in Northern California or the Bay Area looking to learn more about how to start your translator and interpreter career, join us on Saturday, October 19 at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa from 10:00 am-12:30 pm.

Registration is now open. Cost: $15!


Translation is a diverse and quickly-expanding field. The diversity of the field means that new and aspiring translators are faced with many choices when starting out:  how to find clients, what fields to specialize in, how to keep up their own language skills and more. This workshop will synthesize information and resources to provide a roadmap for new translators and for those considering work in the translation field. Participants will gain clear knowledge about the role of the translator within the language industry, and will understand what is needed to begin and maintain a translation business.

Topics covered:

  • Basic software and tools are expected of beginning translators. A short demo of one common software program will be provided.
  • Local, national and international professional resources to help when starting out as a translator.
  • Identify what types of clients are a good fit for your business.
  • How pricing works in the translation industry.
  • Participants will discover specializations within the field that perhaps they have not considered before.
  • Participants will find out how to maintain their language skills in a sustainable way.

About the Presenter:

Alison Trujillo is a Spanish to English translator specializing in education, the arts, travel and tourism, and legal documents. She started working as a freelance translator after teaching both Spanish and English for over 15 years in the Bay Area and abroad. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American/Iberian Studies and a Masters in International Multicultural Education. When not immersed in her translation work, you’ll find Alison painting in her art studio or hiking the trails and beaches of Sonoma County where she lives.


Are you interested in becoming an interpreter? Join us to learn how to start a career as a healthcare, legal, educational and community interpreter. We will review the certification process for healthcare and legal interpreters and the professional development opportunities available for interpreters. You will learn specific tools to market yourself, set your rates, and find new clients. We will discuss the current job market for interpreters and how to thrive in this profession.

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Judit Marin is a freelance Spanish interpreter, translator, and trainer based in Northern California. She is an ATA-certified (English>Spanish) translator and a California Certified Medical Interpreter. She holds an M.A. in Spanish from U.C. Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Catalan Philology from the University of Barcelona. She currently serves as Vice President and Continuing Education Director for the Northern California Translators Association (NCTA). She received the Interpreter of the Year Award from the California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA), at their annual conference in 2018. You can contact her at  and follow her on Twitter: @juditoak.

Continuing Education: ATA-certified members will earn 2 Continuing Education points.


$15 until 10/10/2019

$25 after 10/10/2019

RegistrationEarly payment is advised in order to secure participation and help reach the workshop minimum participation. Unfortunately, workshops may occasionally have to be canceled or rescheduled if the confirmed participation in advance is very low. NCTA will not be responsible for any consequential losses to participants arising from this.

Cancellation policy: Refunds are issued only if notice of cancellation is received one week prior to the applicable workshop date. A cancellation fee of $10 is charged for all cancellations.


REGISTRATION CLOSES 10/17/2019 at 12:00 p.m.

Space is limited to 38 attendees. Register now to reserve your space.

Questions? Need more info? Email Judit Marin at 




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Santa Rosa Junior College –
Doyle Library Teaching Lab 2nd floor, Room 4327 1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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