Virginia's Judicial System


Program Information and Registration

Program Information
Orientation: Orientation training consists of three pre-orientation webinar classes and a two-day orientation course that will familiarize students with the Virginia Judicial System, courtroom protocol, the role of the interpreter, specific skills needed for the different modes of interpreting, and "do's and don'ts" on the job. Each webinar will be a one-hour long session, offered live and also prerecorded. Candidates will receive instructions to log-in to the webinars, and all candidates will be expected to participate in the webinars prior to the orientation class. Each candidate will also receive an electronic binder with information on how to access court-related glossaries and documents that will give an understanding of the court system and legal procedures. The training also includes an overview of self-study techniques, practice sessions, available resources, and tips for preparing for the oral certification examination. The 2-day orientation class, which is open to all languages, is not intended to prepare you for the written exam. The materials provided at the orientation class are a source of general information for court interpreters.

Written Exam: It is an intermediate level exam and requires extensive self-preparation. It is given only to candidates seeking certification in the following languages: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The written exam may be taken only one time within a 12-month period.

Oral Exam: It is open to those currently enrolled for certification in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese who have successfully completed the Orientation and Written Exam within the past 3-years. The oral exam may be taken only one time within a 12-month period.

Registration
The certification process begins by registering for the Orientation and Written Exam. Only candidates who have participated in the Orientation and passed the Written Exam, both within the past 3-years, are eligible to register for the Oral Exam.

Spring Registration:

  • Orientation and Written Exam: Registration dates and locations are generally posted on this website during the month of February or March (class/exam is generally given in March or April)
  • Oral Exam: Registration dates and locations are generally posted on this website during the month of May or June (class/exam is generally given in June or July)

Fall Registration:

  • Orientation and Written Exam: Registration dates and locations are generally posted on this Web site during the month of August or September (class/exam is generally given in October or November). Registration for the Orientation and Written Exam opens August 14, 2019.
  • Oral Exam: Registration dates and locations are generally posted on this website during the month of November or December (exam is generally given in December or January)

Note: All dates are tentative and may be subject to change without prior notice.

To Register:

Registration for Fall 2019 Orientation and Written Exam will be OPEN August 14 through September 3, 2019, or until spaces fill, whichever occurs first.
Please click on the following link to submit your registration:

If certification is not offered in your language, you may register only for orientation. 

Notes about pre-registration, space, and payment:
Space is limited.  Pre-registration will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.  If space is available when you submit your registration form, you should receive a confirmation email of pre-registration within the following 3-4 business days.
The confirmation email will include payment instructions.  Please do not send any payment until you receive a confirmation email of pre-registration.  All payments are due no later than September 10, 2019.  If we do not receive your payment in a timely manner and as specified in the payment instructions, your pre-registration may be cancelled.  Pre-registration does not guarantee you a spot in our orientation class.  Only candidates who have completed their payment are considered registered candidates and may participate in the orientation and written exam. 

Locations and dates for the Webinars, Orientation, and Written Exam:
The webinar sessions will be offered live on the following dates and times:

  • 9/4/19,  11:30pm-12:30pm
  • 9/11/19, 11:30pm-12:30pm
  • 9/18/19, 11:30pm-12:30pm

Registered candidates are expected to participate in the live webinar sessions; if registered candidates are unable to view the sessions live, they will be permitted to view the prerecorded sessions prior to the orientation course.  A live viewing will allow participants to ask and receive answers to course-related questions during the webinars. Participation in the 3 webinar sessions is mandatory to complete the orientation class.  All pre-registered candidates are welcome to participate in the first webinar even if payment has not yet been received.  
There will be two orientation sessions to be held at the same location on the dates of September 23-24, 2019 and September 25-26, 2019.  The emergency weather date for either session will be September 27, 2019.  Candidates will register for only one session.

HANOVER, VA
Virginia Public Safety Training Center, Smyth 403
7093 Broad Neck Road
Hanover, VA 23069
Orientation: All languages  9/23/2019  8:30am-4:30pm
9/24/2019 8:30am-12:45pm

Written Exam:  Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese

9/24/2019

2:00pm-4:30pm

HANOVER, VA
Virginia Public Safety Training Center, Smyth 403
7093 Broad Neck Road
Hanover, VA 23069
Orientation: All languages  9/25/2019 8:30am-4:30pm
9/26/2019 8:30am-12:45pm
Written Exam:  Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese 9/26/2019

2:00pm-4:30pm

Fees:
Orientation: All Languages $225.00 (includes lunch)
Written Exam: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese $125.00 (includes lunch)
Oral Exam: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese $200.00

Note: Fees are subject to change without notice. There are NO refunds given to those who register and do not attend the class or exam. The Supreme Court of Virginia will NOT reimburse your travel, parking, meal or lodging expenses.

Skills-Building Workshop
There are no workshops at this time.

For questions regarding certification, please email languages@vacourts.gov