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:

Requirement 1 – Pass the Code of Ethics Examination

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:


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)

3. Complete and submit this hour-log to Court Interpreters Admission Hour Log F16

4. Complete and submit this form to Court Interpreters Admission Application Form F17

5. Contact to make arrangements to pay the Application Review fee ($155).

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

Option 1 – 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
  • Obtain a minimum passing grade of 70% in both parts of the court interpreting exam
  • Sign ATIA's Code of Ethics Agreement

Option 2 – Recognition


  • 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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