Iowa Court Interpreter Orientation Program
·2017 Orientation Program
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.
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
exam - Friday, November 17, 2017
Location: DMACC Urban Campus, Building 1
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
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:
Complete an official
"Application to be an Oral (or Sign) Language Interpreter" and pay
the $25 application fee.
"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
Attend a two-day court interpreter orientation
program approved by the state court administrator.
Pass a written exam on the Code of
Professional Conduct for Judicial Branch Interpreters
Pass an additional written exam (135
multiple-choice questions) covering general English vocabulary and slang, legal
terms, court-related issues, and ethics.
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.
is a company that specializes in self-help training materials for interpreters
of Spanish and other languages.
P.O. Box 7485
Spreckels, CA 93962
Haury Institute for Court Interpretation
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
Tucson, AZ 95721
Programs for Sign Language Court Interpreters
Services Commission of the Iowa Department of Human Rights oversees the
testing and training of sign language interpreters in Iowa.