To Louisiana Registered Spanish Court Interpreters:
Congratulations again to each of you! As a “Registered” court interpreter, you are qualified to apply to take the Oral Examination to become a “Certified” court interpreter. This oral certification exam is administered by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and is used by most of the state court systems. Louisiana will offer this test in early 2016.
The certification exam is oral and consists of three sections, which measure the interpreter’s skills in simultaneous interpretation, consecutive interpretation, and sight translation to and from English and the language of expertise. The test is generally considered very difficult and requires an extremely high level of skill in all three of the modes of interpreting. Additional information on the certification exam is available at http://www.ncsc.org. The cost to take the oral examination in Louisiana is $250.00 per person. Registration for the oral examination will be available after the skills class.
On October 8 & 9, 2015, to help prepare those who want to take the oral certification exam, the Louisiana Supreme Court is offering a skills class specifically for Registered court interpreters in Spanish. This two day class will be taught by Mr. Gregg Miller, who has many years of experience in interpreting and in teaching and preparing interpreters for the oral exam. The class will be in English and Spanish and will focus specifically on practice in the three modes of interpreting to be tested on the certification exam. There will be assignments to complete in the weeks before class begins.
This skills class is not required and is offered as a service to help prepare for the oral exam.
Class will be held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday and Friday, October 8 & 9, 2015 at the Supreme Court building at 400 Royal Street in New Orleans. The cost per person is $200.00 and class is limited to 20 participants on a first come first served basis. You are responsible for your own parking and lunch. In addition to the cafeteria in the court building, there are a number of restaurants very close to the court. Parking is between $10 – $18 per day depending on where you park.
Attached is a registration form if you would like to attend this Spanish skills class. Again, class is limited to the first 20 persons whose registration form and check we receive.
Spanish Skills class (optional): $200 plus lunch and parking; October 8 & 9, 2015
Oral Certification Exam: $250 per person; early 2016; exact dates to be determined.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 225-382-3182. Debbie Daigle is also available to answer questions at 225-382-3181.
J. Richard Williams
Deputy Judicial Administrator
Louisiana Supreme Court
1600 N. 3rd Street, 4th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70802