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World Languages Noncredit Certificate Program

Pathways to Proficiency

Today’s global economy has made learning a second or even third language more essential than ever before. AACC’s Pathways to Proficiency world languages series is ideal for government employees, defense contractors, business professionals, police, emergency and medical personnel, firefighters, airport and port security personnel, active duty military and family members, educators and others.

What is the job outlook?
Fluency in another language is essential for a variety of occupations and can help advance your career in others.

What is the training?
The Pathways to Proficiency world language series is a comprehensive, sequenced program designed to progressively improve practical, everyday foreign language skills at both the beginning and intermediate levels. Most languages are offered in a beginning and intermediate level and consist of four courses each that meet for 30 to 40 hours and focus on spoken language skills. Beginning level classes are offered in 11 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi (Dari), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  Intermediate level classes are offered in nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

What courses will I take?
Visit Courses must be taken sequentially.

What credentials can I earn?
Upon successful completion students earn an AACC continuing education certificate. To receive the certificate students complete and submit the form to our office. The form and instructions can be found at

What will it cost?
French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish - $200 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees
Arabic, Chinese, Farsi (Dari), Japanese, Pashto or Russian - $275 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees

What are the requirements?
Students must be at least 16 years old.

How do I enroll?
Register online, in person, by faxmail, or touch-tone phone. Visit for details. Use the appropriate certificate code from the list below:

Beginning Arabic CE.BEG-ARABIC
Beginning Chinese CE.BEG-CHINESE
Beginning Farsi CE.BEG.FARSI
Beginning French CE.BEG-FRENCH
Beginning German CE.BEG-GERMAN
Beginning Italian CE.BEG-ITALIAN
Beginning Japanese CE.BEG-JAPN
Beginning Pashto CE.BEG-PASHTO
Beginning Portuguese CE.BEG-PORTGSE
Beginning Russian CE.BEG-RUSSIAN
Beginning Spanish CE.BEG-SPANISH
Intermediate Arabic CE.INT-ARABIC
Intermediate Chinese CE.INT-CHINESE
Intermediate French CE.INT-FRENCH
Intermediate German CE.INT-GERMAN
Intermediate Italian CE.INT-ITALIAN
Intermediate Japanese CE.INT-JAPN
Intermediate Portuguese CE.INT-PORTGSE
Intermediate Russian CE.INT-RUSSIAN
Intermediate Spanish CE.INT-SPANISH
Advanced Italian CE.ADV-ITALIAN
Advanced Spanish CE.ADV-SPANISH

Related Training
AACC offers a variety of noncredit world language courses that meet for 10 to 20 hours each for students wanting to sample a language or brush up on their skills. See the Schedule Noncredit of Classes or visit

For more information contact 410-777- 2901