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 2015, two orientations will be offered in a southern and northern location. Interested candidates should send an application form along with the fee in order to register. The orientation application form and fee of $195 must be received 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 are included in the fee. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging. Limited scholarships for speakers of rare non-Spanish languages may be available in 2015. Individuals should contact our office to determine availability.
Office of Court Operations
110 East Main Street Suite 410
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 266-8635
2015 orientation dates
- Milwaukee: March 21-22 (Saturday and Sunday); Deadline to register: Friday, March 6
**Sign language interpreters will be available at the Milwaukee site**
- Wisconsin Rapids: June 20-21 (Saturday and Sunday); Deadline to register: Friday, June 5