For interpreters

How to get certified

2015 Court Interpreter Certification Program announcement and complete schedule Adobe PDF

The certification process for candidates who would like to interpret in Wisconsin courts includes a series of steps that must be completed in order. For detailed information on each requirement follow the links below.

Step 1: Two-day orientation

Step 2: Written examination

Step 3: Oral examination

Other requirements

Wisconsin also recognizes interpreter certification conferred upon an individual by other entities such as (The following are external links.):

Please contact the program manager if you think you may qualify for reciprocity.

If you are new to the field of court interpreting, please take time to read the articles on court interpreting found on the NCSC and NAJIT websites (external links). These materials will give you an overview of the job of a court interpreter.

Court interpreting is a profession that demands a high level of knowledge, skills and abilities. Many people do not realize that being bilingual is not sufficient. If you want to perform at the level of a professional court interpreter, you must:

Many interpreters who are just starting out do not have all of these qualifications when they first embark on the profession of court interpreting. You can improve your skills over time through observation, study and practice.

For general information on the court interpreting profession in Wisconsin, see “Wisconsin Court Interpreters: Ensuring Justice for All” brochure Adobe PDF.

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