For interpreters

How to get certified

Step 1: Two-day orientation

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, professors, and certified court interpreter-trainers.

In 2017, three orientations will be offered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Rapids, and Madison. Interested candidates should submit a completed application form along with the fee of $195 by the corresponding deadline. Upon receipt of the application and payment, a confirmation letter with logistical information will be sent to the applicant. All training materials, lunches and refreshments for both days are included in the fee. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging. Limited scholarships for speakers of certain non-Spanish languages may be available in 2017. Individuals should contact our office to determine eligibility and availability.

All orientations require minimum attendance numbers. The CIP will cancel a scheduled orientation if minimum registration is not met.

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

2017 orientation dates and locations (Fee: $195)

Location Dates Application & fee deadline Requirements
Milwaukee* Saturday, March 25 & Sunday, March 26 Friday, March 10 Sign language interpreters must hold at least a CI/CT or NIC from RID and be licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services to attend.
Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, June 24 & Sunday, June 25 Friday, June 9
Madison Saturday, September 23 & Sunday, October 24 Friday, September 8

*Sign language interpreters will be available at the Milwaukee location.*

2017 orientation application MS Word

Sample orientation agenda Adobe PDF

Map of judicial administrative districts

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