Required Courses

Court Interpreter Program

This nine to twelve month program will provide you with the legal terminology and interpreting skills required to work as a court interpreter in the public and private sector.  This program will prepare students for the state of California Court Interpreter exam. 

The following 7 courses must be successfully completed with a grade of 70% or better to receive a Certificate of Completion in the Court Interpreter Program.

Pre-requisite: All students must be fluent in Spanish and English and have written skills at high school level or above. 

Recommendations:  Attend our free group orientation prior to registering in your first course.

Simultaneous Techniques and Criminal Terminology - 5 Weeks $298.00

Simultaneous techniques leading to a maximum of 140 words per minute are introduced.  This course consists of 12 hours of instruction, quizzes, and one final exam.  Access to our 24/7 Online Interpreting Laboratory is required and  free.

Consecutive Techniques and Criminal Terminology - 5 Weeks $298.00

Pre-requisite: All students must successfully complete Simultaneous Techniques and Criminal Terminology.

Consecutive techniques leading to a maximum of 40 terms per segment are introduced. This course consists of 12 hours of instruction, quizzes, and one final exam.  Access to our 24/7 Online Interpreting Laboratory is required and free.

Interpreting in Superior Court - Misdemeanors - 5 Weeks $298.00

Pre-requisites: All students must successfully complete Consecutive Techniques and Criminal Terminology. 

Typical proceedings such as arraignments, pre-trial hearings, preliminary hearings and trials are introduced.  The concept of register in the transfer along with colloquialisms and slang, are part of this course.  Typical legal and non-legal false cognates are also presented. This course consists of 12 hours of instruction, quizzes, and one final exam.  Access to our 24/7 Online Interpreting Laboratory is required and free.

Interpreting in Superior Court - Felonies - 5 Weeks $298.00

Pre-requisites: All students must successfully complete Interpreting in Superior Court - Misdemeanors. 

We continue with proceedings such as arraignments, pre-trial hearings, preliminary hearings and trials in felony cases.  More legal and non-legal false cognates are also presented. The concept of register in the transfer from English into Spanish along with colloquialisms and slang, are part of this course.   This course consists of 12 hours of instruction, quizzes, and one final exam.  Access to our 24/7 Online Interpreting Laboratory is required and free.

 

Sight Translation for Court Interpreters (English  <  Spanish) - 5 Weeks $298.00

Pre-requisite: All students must successfully complete Interpreting in Superior Court - Felonies. 

 This course consists of 12 hours of instruction, quizzes, and one final exam.  Access to our 24/7 Online Interpreting Laboratory is required and free.

Sight Translation for Court Interpreters (Spanish <  English) - 5 Weeks $298.00

Pre-Requisite: All students must successfully complete Sight Translation for Court Interpreters English < Spanish. 

This course consists of 12 hours of instruction, quizzes, and one final exam.  Access to our 24/7 Online Interpreting Laboratory is required and free.

These two courses discuss the translation principles of localization and/or normalization, re-structuring, stability in the transfer and interferences. Techniques to stabilize the transfer and to properly re-structure the rendition into the target language are presented in both directions.  Sight readings include: police reports, probation reports, custody matters, family law disputes, birth and death certificates, letters written by attorneys, court orders, sworn statements, and original documents from Mexico and Central America.

Preparation for State Court Interpreter Exam - 10 Weeks $596.00

Pre-Requisite: All students must successfully complete Sight Translation for Court Interpreters Spanish <  English. 

Pre-requisite for students from other programs:

You must present a Certificate of Completion from any other interpreting program and challenge each of the six required courses listed above.  If you have not earned a certificate, you may not challenge any of our courses and you may not register in this final course. There are no exceptions.    

This course emphasizes mock examinations similar to the format and level of difficulty one encounters in the Consortium Examination for Court Interpreters.  Every lecture includes practices suitable for the interpreting exam. 

Practices in the consecutive mode of interpretation include: Segments that vary between 1 and 90 terms.

Practices in the simultaneous mode  of interpretation include: Speeds that vary between 120 and 200 words per minute. 

Exam-taking techniques are discussed in this course, which includes 27 hours of instruction and full access to our 24/7 Online Interpreting Laboratory . There is no mid-term or final exam in this course. 

 

 


"Yesterday I received a letter informing me that I passed the oral exam! I cannot believe I passed it the first time around and I just wanted to thank you for offering such a great program. I could not have done it without you!" - I. Herrera

 

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