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:

Institution

Supporting document

Required hours in a
legal setting
(within the
last 3 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

No Credentials

N/A

400-200 (see form)

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 S18

5. Contact admin@atia.ab.ca 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)

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

Certification Examination

Requirements:

  • 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
Annual membership dues for Certified Members are $240.

Exam Preparation

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