Current Interpreters

Certification and Registration Requirements

In order to fulfill the Compliance Requirements for Certified and Registered Court Interpreters, all court interpreters are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years. Court interpreters are required to submit a Continuing Education Compliance Form every two years and to retain verification of attendance for five years. A list of approved courses is provided for your reference in completing the compliance form.

The Court Interpreters Program does not maintain a list of course availability. Please consult the list of approved continuing education providers for contact information to inquire about current course offerings. To add a course to the approved list, or receive credit for a qualifying course, an application for approval  must be submitted to the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel Continuing Education Approval Subcommittee. Only courses that meet the requirements for approval will be considered.

Beginning January 1, 2013, in order to complete the enrollment process and be added to the Judicial Council's Master List, all newly certified and registered interpreters are required to complete the online course, "Interpreter Orientation: Working in the California Courts."

For more information, see the following:

Workshops for Court Interpreters

All certified and registered interpreters of spoken languages are required to attend a Judicial Council ethics workshop within the first two years of enrollment on the Judicial Council’s Master List of Certified Court Interpreters of Designated Languages and Registered Interpreters of Nondesignated Languages. The workshops are open to the public, including noncertified and nonregistered interpreters.

The New Mexico Center for Language a program of the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, is offering online courses for prospective court interpreters, as well courses for the professional development of current court interpreters. For more information on current offerings for 2013 visit:

The California Unemployment Appeals Board (CUIAB) is presenting a training program for interpreters. The program will provide information about CUIAB hearings, terminology and procedures.  Presentations will take place from August 2013–November 2013 in various cities throughout California.  Please see the flyer for dates and registration information.

Note: The California Administrative Office of the Courts is providing this information as a courtesy and does not endorse program content or guarantee that the program(s) listed is approved for continuing education credit for existing interpreters. The external link provided is for informational purposes only.

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Federally Certified Spanish Interpreters

The Judicial Council accepts the qualifications of federally certified Spanish court interpreters without additional testing. Interpreters holding a current federal court interpreter certification do not have to take and pass the California court interpreter written and oral exams, but they do need to meet all other California requirements for enrollment on the Judicial Council's Master List of Certified Court Interpreters. To be added to the master list of court certified interpreters, federally certified interpreters must request an enrollment packet at and follow the instructions provided.

Once enrolled on the Master List, federally certified interpreters must continue to meet the same requirements as all other California court certified interpreters to maintain status on the Judicial Council's master list:

  • Pay the annual renewal fee (currently $100/year);
  • Submit proof of 30 hours of continuing education and 40 assignments of recent professional interpreting experience every two years.

For more information, contact the Court Interpreters Program at


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