Become an Interpreter

New Candidates: view the videos below to get information about possible questions you might have. If you are ready to start testing to be a court interpreter, see the videos on: What to expect on Test Day
New Candidates

Is Court Interpreting for you?
Interpreter Candidate Self-Assessment

Overview of a Career in Court Interpreting (2:51)


Getting Started in Court Interpreting (2:17)


What’s new in Court Interpreter Testing

Effective January 1, 2018, all written exams are valid for four years after the date of the first written exam administration. This includes any exams taken prior to January 18, 2018. 

For example, if you passed the California court interpreter written exam on January 1, 2014, it is valid until January 1, 2018.  If you passed the exam after January 1, 2018 it is valid until January 1, 2022.

The current written exam for both certified and registered candidates is an English-only exam of 135 multiple-choice questions. The Candidate Information Bulletin for the written exam has all the details about the exam. The exam assesses knowledge of general English grammar, court-related terminology, and ethics and professional conduct.