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 is skilled in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, as well as sight translation and note-taking.  They have a good knowledge of legal terminology, are familiar with the Canadian legal system and court procedures, and are 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:

  1. Pass the Code of Ethics Examination Minimum passing grade is 70%. Results are valid for one year.

  2. Submit an Application for Review

Application for Review:

The Application for Review must include:

  • Code of Ethics Examination 'pass letter' dated within the past twelve months.
  • The hour requirements under one of the following options:


Supporting document

Required hours in a
legal setting
(within the
last 3 years)

Alberta Court Interpreters Course (ACIC)

ACIC certificate


Bow Valley College’s Court Interpreters Program (BVC)

BVC diploma


Immigration Refugee Board Exam (IRB)

IRB letter


No Credentials


400-200 (see form)

If you have other training in the legal/interpreting field please contact

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

Certification (Certified Membership)

ATIA is currently not accepting On Dossier applications for interpreters to become certified.  

Certification Examination


  • Pre-requisite: Be an Associate Court Interpreter of ATIA in good standing
  • Pre-requisite: Proof of hours (dependent on language) of interpreting in a legal setting
  • Pre-requisite: Submit letters of good character issued by former or current employers
  • Pre-requisite: Accept ATIA's Terms of Membership
Annual membership dues for Certified Members are $240.