Become an Interpreter

New Candidates

Have you ever wanted to be part of the court process as a certified or registered court interpreter? Working directly with court customers of limited English proficiency, court interpreters play an integrel role in one of the largest and most diverse judicial branch court systems in the nation.

To find out if this profession is for you, view the videos below:


Is Court Interpreting for you?
Interpreter Candidate Self-Assessment
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Overview of a Career in Court Interpreting (2:51)

Getting Started in Court Interpreting (2:17)

Becoming a California Certified and/or Registered Court Interpreter

To be a California certified and/or a registered court interpreter, a person must be at least 18 years old and possess applicable language skills. Specifically, an applicant must be able to facilitatecommunication to flow between the court and court customers in a court setting. This includes the ability to interpret with high accuracy and the ability to accuratelytranslate content from one language to another in a judicial setting.

New Testing Candidates: If you are just getting started in court interpreting and have general questions, please contact the court interpreters program: CourtInterpreters@jud.ca.gov.

What to Expect When Taking the Oral Proficiency Exam

To become a certified court interpreter, you'll need to take Oral Proficiency Exams, the English-Only Written Exam, and the Bilingual Oral Interpreting Exam. Some languages also require certification status.

To become a registered interpreter, you need to pass Oral Proficiency Exams and the English-Only Written Exam.

To prepare for test day, view the videos below:


The Oral Proficiency Exam (3:22)

The Written Exam (2:41)

The Bilingual Oral Interpreting Exam (2:48)

Exam Preparation & Next Steps