Court Interpreter

A Court Interpreter is a professional responsible for enabling both a professional and a client with very different backgrounds and perceptions, and an unequal relationship of power and knowledge, to communicate to their mutual satisfaction. 

A Court Interpreter should be skilled in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, as well as sight translation and note-taking.  They should have a good knowledge of legal terminology, be familiar with the Canadian legal system and court procedures, and be sensitive to cultural differences.  Court interpreters work in legal settings, court rooms, lawyer’s offices, and for police services.

Associate Membership

The requirements for admission as an Associate Court Interpreter of ATIA are:

Requirement 1 – Pass the Code of Ethics Examination

Review a case study and identify breaches of ATIA’s Code of Ethics and the Rules of Professional Conduct for Court Interpreters. Minimum passing grade is 70%. Results are valid for one year.

Requirement 2 – Submit an Application for Review

1. Pass the Code of Ethics Examination within the past twelve months.

2. Meet the hour requirements under one of the following options:

Institution

Supporting document

Required hours in a
legal setting
(in the last three years)

Alberta Court Interpreters Course (ACIC)

ACIC certificate

None

Bow Valley College’s Court Interpreters Program (BVC)

BVC diploma

20

Immigration Refugee Board Exam (IRB)

IRB letter

20

Community Interpreter Membership (ATIA)

ATIA membership card as a Community Interpreter

20

3. Complete and submit this hour-log to admin@atia.ab.ca: Court Interpreters Admission Hour Log F16

4. Complete and submit this form to admin@atia.ab.ca: Court Interpreters Admission Application Form F16

5. Register on-line and pay the Application Review fee.

Candidates will be offered Associate Court Interpreter membership of ATIA once they meet the admission requirements. Annual membership dues for Associate Members are $160.

Certification (Certified Membership)

There are three options for becoming a Certified Court Interpreter of ATIA, and each option has its own requirements.  

Option 1 – Portfolio Review

Requirements:

  • Be an Associate Court Interpreter of ATIA in good standing
  • Prove 500 to 1,000 hours of interpreting in a legal setting
  • Submit letters of good character issued by former or current employers
  • Complete the portfolio certification form
  • Sign ATIA's Code of Ethics Agreement
  • Pay the portfolio certification assessment fee

Option 2 – Examination

Requirements:

  • Pre-requisite: Be an Associate Court Interpreter of ATIA in good standing
  • Pre-requisite: Proof of 200 to 500 hours of interpreting in a legal setting
  • Obtain a minimum passing grade of 70% in both parts of the court interpreting exam
  • Sign ATIA's Code of Ethics Agreement

Option 3 – Recognition

Requirements:

  • Submit a letter of good standing as a Certified Court Interpreter from any other provincial association.
  • Sign ATIA’s Code of Ethics Agreement.
Annual membership dues for Certified Members are $240.

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