Interpreter Preparation Admission Requirements

Information Sessions

An information session is hosted monthly from August to May by Susan Faltinson, the IPP program director. All prospective students are required to attend one of these sessions prior to entering the IPP program. You'll learn about:

  • The history and philosophy of the program
  • How to apply to the program
  • Certification requirements
  • Transfer options for a bachelor's degree
  • The order of classes and scheduling
  • Tips for success

Upcoming Sessions

Dates: August 15, 2018
September 19, 2018
October 10, 2018
November 14, 2018
December 5, 2018
January 17, 2019
February 21, 2019
March 14, 2019
April 11, 2019
May 2, 2019 
Time:  6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
Location:  Westminster Campus
Room C-0301
3645 West 112th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80031 
RSVP:  Email (walk-ins can be accommodated as space allows). The info session is presented in spoken English. If a friend or family member uses another language to communicate, please let us know several days in advance and we’ll be happy to arrange for an interpreter so that all may be included. 

Program Requirements

Before entering the FRCC Interpreter Preparation program students must successfully pass these classes with a B grade or better:

  • ANT 101: Cultural Anthropology (C grade or better)
  • ASL 121: American Sign Language I 
  • ASL 122: American Sign Language II
  • ENG 121: English Composition I OR ENG 122: English Composition II

If transferring ASL 121 or 122 courses from another Colorado community college, students must have taken ASL 122 within the last 2 years of entry into the program.

To waive ASL 121 and 122 class requirements, ASL proficiency exams must be passed with 80% or better if:

  • ASL 122 was taken more than two years ago
  • ASL classes were taken at a four-year school
  • ASL skills were acquired in another way

The proficiency exams are video tests and can take up to 45 minutes each. Contact to learn what to expect from each exam, and to sign up.

***NEW in 2019***

All incoming IPP students must pass the current ASL 122 proficiency exam with an acceptable score prior to entering the program. Complete details about the required score and the process for completing the exam will by available in January 2019.

How To Apply

  1. Apply to FRCC
  2. Complete the Enrollment Checklist. See how to get started.
  3. Attend an IPP information session. (See dates above.) 
  4. Complete course prerequisites and proficiency exams listed above.
  5. Contact for an IPP information packet.
  6. Complete the IPP application by May 15, 2019 (application will be available Jan 1, 2019). Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Important Admissions Information

  • The application deadline for a fall semester start is May 15, 2019.
  • Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The program cohort ranges from 12 to 24 students. A wait list may be used if the student capacity is exceeded.  
  • Students may submit an IPP application for the coming fall while finishing the prerequisites during the spring and summer. If doing this, students will be officially accepted into the program and notified in early August.
  • Students who have already completed all prerequisite requirements will be notified of their acceptance in late May.
  • Students are required to follow the above admissions process to be considered for the Interpreter Preparation Program. Students who have completed the course prerequisites, but have not completed the application process outlined above will likely need to wait until the following year to be admitted into the program.
  • In addition to the general FRCC orientation required for all new students, there will be a mandatory new student orientation for all new and returning IPP students. This orientation occurs on the Wednesday before classes begin at 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
See Program Overview
For IPP questions & information:

Courtney Graeff