Certified Court Interpreter

At A-Sign Interpreters we provide certified court interpreters for all kinds of legal settings. If you would like a free quote for a certified court interpreter, please fill out an interpreter request form.

Certification for Those Wanting to Be a Certified Court Interpreter

There are many avenues available through which a court interpreter can receive certification to work in courtrooms at the federal and state levels. Certification is available in verbal languages as well as sign language. Court interpreters who wish to become certified at the federal level must successfully complete an exam administered by the Administrative Offices of the United States. Currently, the Administrative Offices only offer the exam in the Spanish language, which is administered in two parts. Requirements for obtaining state level certification varies by state. However, many professional associations such as the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators, Consortium for Language Access in the Courts, and the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf offer a certification process that is accepted by many states. While some states do not require certification as a condition of working in a courtroom as an interpreter, there are considerable advantages to becoming a certified court interpreter.

Benefits of Being a Certified Court Interpreter

The benefits of completing the process to become certified are derived from having the ability to prove a minimum level of competency, as established by the certifying organization. Courts and other members of the legal community are more likely to use court interpreters who are certified because they have enhanced credibility as they have demonstrated their abilities by successfully completing a standardized exam. Some states also offer the benefit of reciprocity, through which an interpreter’s certification may be recognized by multiple states that are members of the certifying organization. Opting to become a certified court interpreter offers credibility by proving skill competency, and it can lead to an increase in job opportunities within the legal community.