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: Now Open
  • 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 2017 Orientation and Written exam is now open through September 19, 2017. Registration will close at 4:30pm ET on September 19, 2017.

Please click on the following link to submit your registration:

If certification is not offered in your language, you may register only for orientation.  Payment information will be sent to you by email if there is space for your registration.

Note: Space is limited. Registrations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.  If your registration form is received after capacity has been reached, you will be waitlisted.

Once you have successfully registered, you will receive an email with payment instructions.  Please do not send any payment until you receive confirmation of registration.

Locations and dates for the Webinars, Orientation, and Written Exam:

The webinar sessions will be offered live on the following dates and times:

  • 09/20/2017, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • 10/04/2017, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • 10/25/2017, 12:30pm-1:30pm

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.  Participation in the three webinar sessions is mandatory to complete the orientation class

There will be two sessions to be held at the same location on the dates of October 30-31, 2017 and November 2-3, 2017.  Rain date for either of the sessions: November 1, 2017.  Candidates will register only for one session. 

Session I

Virginia Public Safety Training Center
7093 Broad Neck Road  Hanover, VA 23069

Orientation: All Languages
2-day Session
10/30/2017  8:30am-4:30pm
10/31/2017 8:30am-12:45pm

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

10/31/2017

2:00pm-4:30pm

Session II

Virginia Public Safety Training Center
7093 Broad Neck Road  Hanover, VA 23069

Orientation: All Languages
2-day Session
11/2/2017 8:30am-4:30pm
11/3/2017 8:30am-12:45pm
Written Exam: Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese

11/3/2017

2:00pm-4:30pm

Fees:

Orientation: All Languages $225.00 (includes lunch on the first day only)

Written Exam: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese $125.00 (includes lunch only for candidates registered to take the written exam)

Oral Exam: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese $200.00

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