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 2019, 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 2018. 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

2019 orientation dates and locations (Fee: $195)

Location Dates Application & fee deadline Requirements
Milwaukee* Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24 Monday, March 11 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 1 & Sunday, June 2 Monday, May 20
Madison Saturday, September 14 & Sunday, September 15 Tuesday, September 3

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

2019 orientation application Adobe PDF (Note: Because this is an interactive form, your browser may require that you download it to your computer/device and then open it in your PDF reader in order to leverage form features.)

Sample orientation agenda Adobe PDF

Map of judicial administrative districts

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