The $60 Texas Court Interpreter Orientation

A Six-Hour, Online, Interactive Training Approved by the Judicial Branch Certification Commission

The average Texas court interpreter now earns $97/hour and reports plenty of freelance assignments to stay busy. This engaging, interactive class meets all requirements for applying to be licensed as a spoken-language interpreter in roughly 3,000 Texas courts. The class is online and self-paced, consisting of a series of videos with comprehension quizzes. The topics covered include:

  • The legal right to language access in US courts
  • Spoken-language interpreters in the state courts
  • The court interpreting career
  • Modes of interpreting: sight, consecutive and simultaneous
  • Protocol and skills exercises
  • The Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the Judiciary
  • Ethical scenarios faced by LCIs (licensed court interpreters)
  • Criminal procedure and the courts
  • Legal terminology used in criminal cases: cognates, Latin, jargon, terms of art, slang and profanity
  • JBCC (Judicial Branch Certification Commission) application process and new license designation requirements

Your Instructor

Marco Hanson
Marco Hanson

Marco is a federally certified and state licensed Spanish court interpreter, and is one of the authors of the book Firearms and Other Handheld Weapons. He has twenty-three years of experience in translation and interpretation, a Master of Arts degree in Spanish, and is a frequent conference speaker on language access topics at legal conferences. He is also an American Translators Association certified Spanish to English translator. He sometimes teaches court interpreting at the University of Texas and legal translation at Austin Community College. Marco is past president of the Austin Area Translators and Interpreters Association and the Texas Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators, and was the state's first Language Access Coordinator.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. Once you finish, your certification of attendance is valid for two years of application and testing.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund. In such a case, you will not receive a certificate of completion or any certificate issued will be canceled.
Where will I get my certificate of completion?
Once you finish viewing all of the videos and passing each comprehension quiz, you will see the option for downloading your personalized certificate as a PDF file.
When I finish this course, can I then begin interpreting in court?
This is a required orientation to help you understand expectations of the testing process and the professional overall, but it does not result in automatic certification or licensure as a court interpreter. Please familiarize yourself with the entire process here:

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