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, attorneys, and certified court interpreter-trainers.

Interested candidates should submit a completed application form along with the fee of $195 to the Court Interpreter Program (CIP) 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 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
Phone: (608) 266-8635

2020 orientation dates and locations (Fee: $195)

**Due to the public health emergency for the State of Wisconsin in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pewaukee and Wisconsin Rapids orientations are postponed. The Court Interpreter Program will post new dates for 2020 once we determine it is safe to host workshops and other events.**

Location Dates Application & fee deadline Requirements
Pewaukee* Saturday, April 4 & Sunday, April 5 (postponed) Monday, March 23 Sign language interpreters must hold at least a CI/CT or NIC from RID or BEI Advanced or Master, in addition to being licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services to attend.
Wisconsin Rapids Saturday, June 6 & Sunday, June 7 (postponed) Tuesday, May 26
Madison Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27 Monday, September 14

Sample orientation agenda Adobe PDF

Map of judicial administrative districts

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