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Expand your career opportunities by becoming proficient in Spanish, one of the most spoken languages globally. This certificate will teach you how to confidently converse and write in Spanish. While colleges and other universities offer primarily conversational Spanish, our certificate provides relevant degree-credit courses in small classroom settings.

If you’re looking for hands-on learning, some of our advanced courses include an experiential learning component where learners are partnered with GTA Hispanic businesses/community centres and learn how to speak to native speakers. Boost your resume and increase your professional qualifications in a local and international business setting.

Industry and Careers

Proficiency in Spanish can widen your career opportunities, locally and internally, and expand your professional contact network. 

Being able to use Spanish for day-to-day written and verbal communication can be incredibly valuable in professional settings like business, translation, tourism, and teaching.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Individuals and professionals that want to become proficient in spoken and written Spanish
  • Older adults looking to learn a new language, build community, and maintain and/or improve their cognitive functions

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will able to:

  • Actively and confidently engage in performing different communicative skills both oral and written
  • Employ a greater understanding and awareness of Hispanic cultures and the diverse peoples who speak Spanish

Certificate Requirements

  • 5 required courses*
  • 1 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

*You may be exempted from completing the required courses if you completed 4 courses at a higher level than CSPN 401. If granted advanced placement (through the placement and assessment interview with the academic coordinator), you only need to complete 4 advanced level courses (CSPN 402 or higher) to fulfill the certificate requirements.


Admission Criteria


  • Successful completion of Introductory Spanish I (CSPN 101)
    • With a minimum grade of C+


  • Admission by placement assessment and interview 

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