HOW TO BECOME A TEXAS CERTIFIED COURT INTERPETER

If you are fully bilingual and interested in starting a lucrative and rewarding new career, legal interpreting might be perfect for you. 

Texas is a great place to begin, since it offers many opportunities for language specialists in the legal field. 

Here's AN OVERVIEW BEFORE YOU get started:

Certification

Court interpreters usually have to pass a certification process in order to work for the courts.

State-by-State

Each state has its own court interpreter certification requirements. 

Court Interpreter Certification Program

Judicial Branch Certification Commission

In Texas, the court interpreter certification process is administered by the Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC)

Navigating the Texas Certification Process

These general instructions will help you meet the requirements necessary to get certified. For more details on the process, please visit the JBCC website

STEP 1: Orientation Course

Complete a 6-hour orientation course approved by the JBCC. Our online course, Court Interpreting 101, meets this requirement. Our $99 offering is available online and on-demand. After completing it, you will automatically receive a certificate.

Then go to the online certification and licensing system  of the JBCC and submit your certificate, along with your online application, to qualify for the written exam.

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STEP 2: Written Exam

The exam consists of 135 questions, all English, and is designed primarily to test your language proficiency. A smaller portion of the exam will likely include court terminology, protocol and professional conduct. 

To prepare for this exam, we offer a FREE course which includes a collection of study resources and two sample exams from New York and Washington. 

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STEP 3: Oral Exam

The exam tests your Simultaneous, Consecutive, and Sight Translation skills.

If you lack experience as a legal interpreter, it's important to invest in your education to prepare for the exam.

Our Court Interpreter Oral Exam Training Programs will provide you the practice and legal vocabulary required to excel at this test.

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Pro Tip

Connect with interpreting agencies as soon as you pass the written exam. Advise them that you are currently pursuing court interpreter certification and are open to any work that doesn't require a certified interpreter. Some agencies may have work for you.

Taking entry-level interpreting work before your oral exam will significantly improve your chances of scoring well on it. 

If you have any questions on becoming a licensed court interpreter, we are here to help.

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