How to get certified
Step 1: Two-day orientation
To begin the certification process all interpreter candidates must first attend orientation training. This two-day training is a 14-hour introductory workshop covering the fundamentals of court interpretation. It is designed to give participants an overview of the needs and expectations of the court, with lectures on ethical conduct, legal terminology, court procedure, and modes of interpreting, along with small group practice exercises designed to develop interpreter skills (see attached sample agenda). Our faculty consists of judges, attorneys, and certified court interpreter-trainers.
In 2014, three orientations will be offered around the state. Interested candidates should send an application form along with the fee of $175 to our office in order to register as walk-ins are not allowed. The application form and fee must be received by the corresponding registration deadline. Upon receipt of the application and payment, a confirmation letter with logistical information will be sent prior to the start of orientation. Participants are responsible for their own meals, travel and lodging. Limited scholarships for speakers of certain non-Spanish languages may be available in 2014. Individuals should contact our office to determine availability.
Office of Court Operations
110 East Main Street Suite 410
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 266-8635
2014 orientation dates
- Stevens Point: March 7-8 (Friday and Saturday); Deadline to register: Friday, February 21
- Milwaukee: May 17-18 (Saturday and Sunday); Deadline to register: Friday, May 2
**Sign language interpreters will be available at the Milwaukee site**
- Madison: September 13-14 (Saturday and Sunday); Deadline to register: Friday, August 29