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Court Certified Interpreters in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the sixth most populated state in the country and has an ever increasing amount of foreign language speakers. The need for language services especially in the legal arena has been increasing over the last ten years steadily. In order to be a court certified interpreter in Pennsylvania, one must be able to pass the necessary requirements set forth by state regulations. The requirements include passing the full oral proficiency exam which consists of three parts: sight translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpretation. For languages where there is only an abbreviated exam, one or more of the segments has not yet been developed. In addition, all interpreters must register with the court by completing a registration form and attend a two-day orientation workshop sponsored by the Interpreter Certification Program (ICP). Finally, to become court certified one must also complete the written examination. This exam is designed to measure the candidate's general English language proficiency, knowledge of court related terms and usage, and familiarity with ethical and professional conduct. Candidates who interpret in languages for which there is a full or abbreviated consortium oral exam must also pass a foreign language assessment exercise.

Certified Languages in Pennsylvania

Foreign language interpreters for which there is a full or abbreviated consortium oral proficiency test must take and pass all available parts of the test in order to become court certified. Pennsylvania has full tests for these certified languages: Arabic, Cantonese, French, Haitian-Creole, Hmong, Ilocano, Italian, Korean, Laotian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Languages for which there is an abbreviated exam include: Arabic (Egyptian Colloquial), Bosnian, Croatian, German, Serbian, and Turkish. These interpreters cover a variety of legal settings including trials, depositions, arbitrations and hearings.

Sign Language Interpreters in Pennsylvania

Along with achieving all the standard requirements necessary by all certified interpreters of Pennsylvania, sign language interpreters have some additional qualifications in order to become certified. A Sign Language Interpreter must be certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or the National Association for the Deaf (NAD). They must provide proof of their RID or NAD certifications. Proof shall consist of a copy of their certificates and a valid active membership card, or a letter from RID or NAD certifying the results of the proficiency examination and status. Once they have completed their oral proficiency requirements, sign language interpreters will be subject to a background check which will be conducted by the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC).

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