Although not every state requires its courts to use certified interpreters, getting certified is becoming an increasingly prudent step in a court interpreter’s career. Certification not only makes interpreters more sought-after and credible, but recent amendments to state courts’ legislation have also been making certified interpreters the preferred choice of courts.
The amendments made to the Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Court Interpreters in March of last year serve as a good example. It was then that the “certified interpreter designation” was established as the “preferred designation when selecting court-appointed interpreters, arranging for contractual interpreter services, and making staff hiring decisions.” The same rule was implemented by the Michigan courts in 2013. It says that, “whenever practicable,” the court shall appoint a certified foreign language interpreter.
Certified court interpreters also benefit by being listed in their states’ online interpreter registries, which make the interpreters more visible and accessible to potential clients.
But before one can enjoy the benefits of being certified, they must first pass a court certification exam.
Not all states require court interpreters to undergo training before taking the certification exam. However, statistics from the California courts indicate that 92% of those who passed the oral certification exam had completed interpreter training prior to taking the test.
IEO’s Preparatory Course for the Court Certification Exam is ideal for any interpreter who plans on taking their state’s court certification exam. The course prepares for both the written and oral portions of the exam and is language specific.
Begin your training today and take the first step in becoming a certified court interpreter!