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Training to be a business translator

Full-time or part-time training

With training to become a business translator you have the opportunity to practise a responsible and varied job in your future career. You can complete your training in daytime lessons or in the evenings and on Saturdays at inlingua Cologne.

inlingua Cologne offers training for the following languages: English, French, Spanish and Russian.

Our qualified trainees have a variety of job opportunities open to them at international companies. For example at:

  • Import and export companies
  • Law chambers, banks or insurance firms
  • Authorities and institutions
  • Airlines and IT companies
  • In tourism or advertising

Business translator course content

Training objective

With our training you acquire all the language skills and abilities you need for the business translator examination at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The training concludes with the inlingua diploma or the certificate from the Cologne, Bonn or Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Course content

Written and spoken foreign language skills

  • Revising and improving grammar
  • Mastering written and spoken colloquial language
  • Interpreting simple negotiations
  • Dictating into the foreign languages from the business sections of foreign press and on current affairs • Making telephone calls in the foreign language
  • Newspaper articles and business essays
  • Independently writing press releases and articles
  • Translating business and politics texts g

Course duration

The full-time training takes 24 months with 10 to 20 sessions a week

  • The training may be shortened to 1 academic year (180 face-to-face lessons) with the Abitur qualification and appropriate prior knowledge in both foreign languages, which is evidenced by a test.
  • Full-time training with 10 to 20 sessions per week with core session times from 8am to 2pm (Monday to Friday)
  • It is possible to start the course in April and October. The state of NRW’s holiday regulations apply.
  • At the end of the first academic year, an annual report is issued that entitles you to continue to the second year.

The part-time training takes 24 months with 4 sessions a week (face-to-face) and 10 sessions of independent learning.  

  • The training may be shortened to 1 academic year (180 face-to-face lessons) with the Abitur qualification and appropriate prior knowledge in both foreign languages, which is evidenced by a test.
  • The part-time training has 4 sessions per week with core session times twice a week from 7:10pm to 9pm or on Saturdays from 9:10am to 1pm.
  • It is possible to start the course in January, April and October. The state of NRW’s holiday regulation applies.
  • At the end of the first academic year, an annual report is issued that entitles you to continue to the second year.

Language combinations

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian

Admission requirements

  • Evidence of a secondary school leaving certificate (Mittlere Reife from a Realschule, Wirtschaftsschule or Gymnasium, the M path from a Hauptschule, QuaBi)
  • Year 12 (FOS or Gymnasium) leaving certificate
  • With the Abitur qualification, it is possible to shorten the training time to just 1 year
  • English skills equivalent to Mittlere Reife level (placement test)
  • No prior knowledge required for the second foreign language, French or Spanish.
  • For applicants whose native language is not German, additional evidence of very good German skills

            Your trainers

            Our experienced international team of trainers provides competent, practical and professional training. The language lessons are only taught by native speakers. As a result, our students learn the correct pronunciation.

            Summer semester / winter semester 2019

            Full-time training

            • Winter semester from 7.10.2019
            • Summer semester from 6.4.2020

            Business translator course full-time

            name time price (€)
            English Mo-Fr, 08:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 300
            Spanish Mo-Fr, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. 300
            French Mo-Fr, 12:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 300

            Part-time training

            180 hours overall, 4 hours weekly

            Business translator course part-time

            name start time price (€)
            English 12.10.2019 Saturday 09:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 350 per month
            English 07.10.2019 Mo./Wed., 7:10 p.m. - 8:40 p.m. 350 per month
            Spanish 12.10.2019 Saturday., 9:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 350 per month
            French 12.10.2019 Saturday., 9:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 350 per month

            Do you have any questions? We are there for you!

            We would be happy to personally advise you. Pop in and see us and get an idea yourself of our specialist trainers and rooms. We are happy to provide you with comprehensive information about the training to become a foreign language assistant. Simply arrange an appointment with our training advisor. She will be happy to make time for you and assess your language skills free of charge.
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