How to get certified: Two-day orientation

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    Two-day orientation
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    Written examination
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    Oral examination
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    Other requirements

To begin the certification process all interpreter candidates must first complete 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 sample agenda below). Our faculty consists of judges, attorneys, and certified court interpreter-trainers.

Interested candidates should submit a completed application form along with the fee to the Court Interpreter Program (CIP) by the corresponding deadline. Upon receipt of the application and payment, the CIP will send a confirmation notice to the applicant. Limited scholarships for speakers of certain non-Spanish languages are available in 2020. Individuals should contact our office to determine eligibility and availability.

Office of Court Operations
110 East Main Street Suite 410
Madison, WI 53703
Ph: (608) 266-8635

Sample orientation agenda Adobe PDF

Map of judicial administrative districts

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