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Certificate in Federal Court Interpreter Online Course

Learn the proper transfer of Criminal and Civil terminology into Spanish


This program teaches the skills needed to prepare you to sit for the Oral Component of any State and Federal Court Interpreting Certification exams

The Federal Court Interpreter training program prepares you to sit for the oral component of any State or Federal Court Interpreting Examinations offered in the United States. This program is language specific – Spanish/English

You will acquire the three interpreting skills – simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation. You will learn the proper transfer of Criminal and Civil terminology into Spanish. Intensive online interpreting laboratory practices will give you the opportunity to practice what is learned in each lecture.

Upon completion of this program, you will know the following:

  • Interpreting techniques – simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation
  • Criminal and civil terminology in both Spanish and English and the corresponding transfer into the opposite language
  • Drug, firearm, fingerprint, gang terminology
  • Juvenile Court terminology
  • Children’s Court terminology
  • The necessary material to sit in either a State or Federal Spanish Court Interpreter examination
  • Courtroom protocol
  • Ethics of the Court interpreter

Course Fast Facts:

  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment, an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

  I.    Interpreting Criminal Proceedings I
                A.    Arraignment
                B.    Pre-trial Hearings
                C.    Preliminary Hearings
                D.    Criminal Terminology
                E.    Trials
                F.    Sentencing
                G.    Progress Reports
                H.    Probation Violation Hearings
                I.    Colloquialisms
                J.    Simultaneous Techniques
                K.    Consecutive Techniques
                L.    Criminal Offenses in the State Jurisdiction
                M.    Interpreting Laboratory Practices

 II.    Interpreting Criminal Proceedings II
                A.    Misdemeanors in State Court
                B.    Felonies in State Court
                C.    Waivers and Plea Forms
                D.    DUI/DWI – Driving under the influence/Driving while intoxicating
                E.    Domestic Violence
                F.    Drug Terminology
                G.    Drug Possession cases
                H.    Firearms Terminology
                I.    Fingerprint Terminology
                J.    Gang Terminology
                K.    Juvenile Court Terminology
                L.    Children’s Court Terminology
                M.    Typical Court Proceedings – Misdemeanors
                N.    Typical Court Proceedings – Felonies
                O.    Interpreting Laboratory Practices

III.    Advanced Interpreting Techniques in Criminal and Civil Matters
                A.    Parties involved in Federal Courts
                B.    Federal Crimes
                C.    Family Law Court
                D.    Probate Court
                E.    Contracts Law
                F.    Advanced Sight Translations – Federal Level
                G.    Advanced Consecutive Techniques
                H.    Expert Witness Testimony – DNA
                I.    Expert Witness Testimony – Computer Forensics
                J.    Differences in the transfer of Criminal and Civil Legal Terminology
                K.    Drug Trafficking
                L.    Exam-Taking Techniques
                M.    Interpreting Laboratory Practices

This program can only be taken on a Mac or PC.

We highly recommend that you use Chrome in place of other web browsers.

Adobe Flash Player is required for this program. 

Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.

Prerequisites:

Students must speak English and Spanish fluently.

Students should be familiar with using a personal computer, mouse, and keyboard. They should be comfortable in a Windows or Mac environment, and have the ability to launch and close activities.

1.    Can I register for programs if I am an international student?
Yes, because These programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school.  Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

2.    How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace.  When you register, you’ll receive nine (9) months to complete the program.  

3.    What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

4.    Do I have to buy additional materials?

No.

5.    Can I get financial assistance?

These courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid.  In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.  Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements.

6.    What happens when I complete the program? 

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.  

7.    Am I guaranteed a job?
These programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases.  We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job.  Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program.  Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

8.    Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction.  The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance.  All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

9.    What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?
In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet.  You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer.  You don’t have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time.  We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is the best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

10.    Can I use a Mac?

Yes.

11.    When can I start the program?
Our programs are all open enrollment.  You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note:  Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

12.    Does this program prepare for a certification?
Yes, you will be prepared to sit for any State or Federal Certified Spanish Court Interpreter exam. 

Nestor Wagner is a certified Court and Medical Interpreter who has been teaching interpreting courses since 1990. He has the highest pass rate of certified court interpreters in the nation. He has published several books in the interpreting community.

Mr. Wagner is involved in the examination process for Immigration Interpreters and Analytical Linguists.

He participates as speakers in national and international conferences on Criminal, Civil and Immigration Court terminology, advanced interpreting skills, and localization in the transfer of legal and non-legal terminology. Mr. Wagner holds a Master degree from the University of Washington.

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 007GES282
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 9 months to complete this program
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 200 Hours