The DE LA MORA online school focuses on the training and continued education of two types of interpreters: Court Interpreters and Medical Interpreters.
If you are bilingual, this incredible career is already at your fingertips – no Bachelor’s or Master’s degree required! You only need to pass a court interpreter exam for your state, or a national medical interpreter exam, depending on your desired field. That being said, oral interpretation exams are not easy to pass, with an average of only 15% of test takers passing their first attempt without previous training.
Professional interpretation requires training, even for those who have interpreted before. There are higher stakes involved in the legal and medical environments, where life and liberty are on the line. Interpreters in these fields must be dedicated to accuracy and continue developing their skills throughout their career, continuously updating their knowledge of terminology, culture, colloquialisms, and interpretation techniques. A professional interpreter interprets meaning, rather than individual words, and uses context to decide whether a word like “tip” refers to money, an action, or giving information.
What does it take?
- Extensive knowledge of field-specific terminology and systems
- The ability to interpret in multiple registers, from street slang to legal/medical jargon
- Good public speaking and communication skills
- Mental fortitude to deal with traumatic or shocking subject matter in both legal and medical settings
- The ability to keep a professional demeanor and make complex linguistic and ethical choices under pressure
- A continuous desire to learn and improve throughout one’s career
There is a large and growing need for interpreters in the U.S. and around the world. The Bureau of Labor Statistics currently projects a 29% growth in employment through 2024 – much faster than the projected growth of most occupations. The median salary is currently $43, 590, and individuals with higher levels of certification frequently earn more than the average. Visit the Bureau’s website to learn more.
The requirements to become a certified Medical and Court Interpreter vary by state and certifying organization. Links to specific requirements for each field are below.
For court interpretation, most states divide their certification process into three stages:
- Written English proficiency exam
- Oral interpretation exam (Only 15% success rate for first-time takers)
Our courses are designed to increase your chances of passing the oral exam on the first attempt. We help you develop your interpretation skills and become familiar with the terminology, systems, and ethics involved in each field. Students must be 18 years of age or older and have a high school diploma. Although not required, we recommend that students take any orientation classes for their state and pass the written English exam before registering. English exam prep can be found under “Self-Paced Courses” below.
Court interpreter requirements by state:
Medical interpreter requirements:
All Interpreter Classes
LIVE Online Classes
Starts March 26th
Federal Exam Written Prep
Starts February 4th