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Iowa Court Interpreter Orientation Program  


2017 Orientation Program Dates  

The two-day court interpreter orientation program will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 and Sunday, September 17, 2017 in rooms 124 and 126 at the DMACC Urban Campus in Des Moines. Seminar dates are subject to change based on the availability of the presenters.  

Registration Deadline, Details and Fees  

The fee for the orientation program is $155.00. The fee includes program attendance and materials. The total fee is due at the time of registration. The deadline to register for the two-day program is September 1st.  


The Iowa Interpreters and Translators Association (IITA) organizes these workshops. Please go to IITA's website to register and for additional details. Any questions regarding the orientation program should be directed to IITA.  


Tests for Iowa Court Interpreters 

Oral exam - Friday, October 6, 2017 

Location: Iowa Supreme Court Judicial Branch Building 

1111 East Court Ave. 

Des Moines, IA 50319 


Written exam - Friday, November 17, 2017 

Location: DMACC Urban Campus, Building 1 

Des Moines, Iowa 



Interpreter workshop - September 16 & 17, 2017 

Location: DMACC Urban Campus 

Des Moines, Iowa 




NOTE: The orientation workshop is a pre-requisite to taking the written exams for court interpreters, which interpreters must pass to be listed on Iowa's Roster of Court Interpreters. Interpreters must also pass the written exams to qualify to take the Oral Interpretation Exams for Court Interpreter Certification.  


Formal court interpreter training is one of the six essential qualifications for those who want to be listed on the Roster of State Court Interpreters. To be listed on the Roster, interpreters must be at least 18 years old and complete the following steps in this order  


1)     Complete an official "Application to be an Oral (or Sign) Language Interpreter" and pay the $25 application fee. 


2)     Complete a "Release/Waiver" form (included in the Application) to authorize Office of Professional Regulation staff to conduct a criminal history check. Interpreters cannot have committed a felony or a lesser crime of dishonesty or moral turpitude. 


3)     Attend a two-day court interpreter orientation program approved by the state court administrator. 


4)     Pass a written exam on the Code of Professional Conduct for Judicial Branch Interpreters 


5)     Pass an additional written exam (135 multiple-choice questions) covering general English vocabulary and slang, legal terms, court-related issues, and ethics.   



Other Training Programs  


When we become aware of other court interpreter training programs in Iowa or neighboring states, we will post the information below. The IITA's website is also a good source of information regarding upcoming training programs. The National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT) also conducts court interpreter training programs in various locations.    


  • Annual Conference of the Iowa Interpreters and Translators Association (IITA)  


The IITA usually holds its annual conference in Des Moines on the third or fourth weekend in June. This provides an excellent opportunity for interpreters to learn from professionals in the field and to network and socialize with other interpreters from around the state. For more information and to register for the conference, visit the IITA website.  




ACEBO is a company that specializes in self-help training materials for interpreters of Spanish and other languages.  


P.O. Box 7485 

Spreckels, CA 93962  

Phone: 831.455.1507    


         Agnese Haury Institute for Court Interpretation  


This is an exceptional intensive training program for interpreters who are serious about achieving a high level of competency in court interpreting. It is an excellent program for preparing to take any nationally-recognized court interpreter certification exam.  


University of Arizona  

Modern Languages Bldg. #67, Room 445  

Tucson, AZ 95721  

Phone: 520.621.3685 


         Training Programs for Sign Language Court Interpreters   


The Deaf Services Commission of the Iowa Department of Human Rights oversees the testing and training of sign language interpreters in Iowa.  

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