Virginia's Judicial System


Program Information and Registration

Program Information
Orientation: Orientation training consists of three pre-orientation webinar classes and a two-day orientation course that will familiarize students with the Virginia Judicial System, courtroom protocol, the role of the interpreter, specific skills needed for the different modes of interpreting, and "do's and don'ts" on the job. Each webinar will be a one-hour long session, offered live and also prerecorded. Candidates will receive instructions to log-in to the webinars, and all candidates will be expected to participate in the webinars prior to the orientation class. Each candidate will also receive an electronic binder with information on how to access court-related glossaries and documents that will give an understanding of the court system and legal procedures. The training also includes an overview of self-study techniques, practice sessions, available resources, and tips for preparing for the oral certification examination. The 2-day orientation class, which is open to all languages, is not intended to prepare you for the written exam. The materials provided at the orientation class are a source of general information for court interpreters.

Written Exam: It is an intermediate level exam and requires extensive self-preparation. It is given only to candidates seeking certification in the following languages: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The written exam may be taken only one time within a 12-month period.

Oral Exam: It is open to those currently enrolled for certification in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese who have successfully completed the Orientation and Written Exam within the past 3-years. The oral exam may be taken only one time within a 12-month period.

Registration
The certification process begins by registering for the Orientation and Written Exam. Only candidates who have participated in the Orientation and passed the Written Exam, both within the past 3-years, are eligible to register for the Oral Exam.

Spring Registration:

  • Orientation and Written Exam: Registration dates and locations are generally posted on this website during the month of February or March (class/exam is generally given in March or April)
  • Oral Exam: REGISTRATION OPENS ON MAY 14, 2018

Fall Registration:

  • Orientation and Written Exam: Registration dates and locations are generally posted on this Web site during the month of August or September (class/exam is generally given in October or November).
  • Oral Exam: Registration dates and locations are generally posted on this website during the month of November or December (exam is generally given in December or January)

Note: All dates are tentative and may be subject to change without prior notice.

To Register:
Registration for the Spring Oral Exam will be open from May 14, 2018 through June 1, 2018 or until spaces are full, whichever is sooner.

To register for the Oral Exam, click on the following link and provide the information requested: 

Spring 2018 Oral Exam Registration Form

A 1-hour time slot will be assigned to each candidate to complete the exam individually. After your registration is received and accepted, you will receive an email with payment instructions and your assigned date and time.

Note: Space is limited. Registrations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Locations for the Oral Exam:
Once you register for the exam, you will receive an email with the payment instructions. Please do not send any payments until you receive confirmation of registration.

HANOVER, VA
Virginia Public Safety Training Center, Smyth 403
7093 Broad Neck Road  Hanover, VA 23069

 

Oral Exam Languages:  Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese 6/18/2018  9:00am-4:00pm
6/19/2018 9:00am-4:00pm
6/20/2018 9:00am-4:00pm
Fairfax, VA
Fairfax County Courthouse
Law Library, Room 115
4110 Chain Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22030

 

Oral Exam Languages:  Languages - Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese

 

6/27/2018   9:00am-4:00pm
6/28/2018 9:00am-4:00pm

6/29/2018

9:00am-4:00pm

Fees:

Orientation: All Languages $225.00 (includes lunch)

Written Exam: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese $125.00 (includes lunch)

Oral Exam: Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese $200.00

Fees are subject to change without notice. There are NO refunds given to those who register and do not attend the class or exam. The Supreme Court of Virginia will NOT reimburse your travel, parking, meal or lodging expenses.

Skills-Building Workshop
There are no workshops at this time.

For questions regarding certification, please email languages@vacourts.gov