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Federal Court Interpreter

State and Federal Spanish Court Interpreter certification examinations are rigorous exams that require intensive training and access to practice courses. The Federal Court Interpreter program includes the finest online interpreting laboratory in the market. You will be able to practice numerous court cases as if they were in an actual court proceeding, both at the state and the federal levels.

The material presented in each lecture is immediately practices in the online laboratory to make sure that you are able not only to memorize the transfer of a word or phrase, but also are able to interpret as it is required in a court of law. This program also prepares you to interpret in any civil deposition and any other legal proceeding in the criminal and in the civil jurisdictions.

9 Months / 200 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

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Federal Court Interpreter

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Federal Court Interpreter Details + Objective

Course Code: GES282

You Will Learn
  • Understand interpreting techniques – simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translation
  • Learn criminal and civil terminology in both Spanish and English and the corresponding transfer into the opposite language
  • Master drug, firearm, fingerprint, gang terminology
  • Study juvenile court and children’s court terminology
  • Explore the necessary material to sit in either a State or Federal Spanish Court Interpreter examination
  • Understand courtroom protocol and the ethics of the court interpreter
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 9 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 200 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Develop the skills needed to work as an English to Spanish or Spanish to English translator
  • Gain confidence in your abilities by practicing numerous court cases as if they were in an actual court proceeding, both at the state and the federal levels
  • Understand the legal regulations required to work as a federal court interpreter
  • Become prepared to interpret in any civil deposition and any other legal proceeding in the criminal and in the civil jurisdictions
Federal Court Interpreter Outline
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Interpreting Criminal Proceedings I

Learn about arraignments, pre-trial hearings, preliminary hearings, criminal terminology, trials, sentencing, and progress reports.

Interpreting Criminal Proceedings II

Master an understanding of probation violation hearings, colloquialisms, simultaneous techniques, consecutive techniques, criminal offenses in the state jurisdiction, and interpreting laboratory practices.

Interpreting Criminal Proceedings III

Understand misdemeanors and felonies in state court, waivers and plea forms, DUI/DWIs, domestic violence, drug terminology, drug possession cases, and firearms terminology.

Interpreting Criminal Proceedings IV

Learn fingerprint terminology, gang terminology, juvenile court terminology, children’s court terminology, and typical court proceedings.

Interpreting Criminal Proceedings V

Move on to advanced interpreting techniques involving parties involved in federal courts, federal crimes, family law court, probate court, contracts law, and advanced sight translations.

Interpreting Criminal Proceedings VI

Complete the course by learning about advanced consecutive techniques, expert witness testimony, differences in the transfer or criminal and civil legal terminology, and drug trafficking.

Program Details

  I.    Interpreting Criminal Proceedings I
                A.    Arraignment
                B.    Pre-trial Hearings
                C.    Preliminary Hearings
                D.    Criminal Terminology
                E.    Trials
                F.    Sentencing
                G.    Progress Reports
                H.    Probation Violation Hearings
                I.    Colloquialisms
                J.    Simultaneous Techniques
                K.    Consecutive Techniques
                L.    Criminal Offenses in the State Jurisdiction
                M.    Interpreting Laboratory Practices
 II.    Interpreting Criminal Proceedings II
                A.    Misdemeanors in State Court
                B.    Felonies in State Court
                C.    Waivers and Plea Forms
                D.    DUI/DWI – Driving under the influence/Driving while intoxicating
                E.    Domestic Violence
                F.    Drug Terminology
                G.    Drug Possession cases
                H.    Firearms Terminology
                I.    Fingerprint Terminology
                J.    Gang Terminology
                K.    Juvenile Court Terminology
                L.    Children’s Court Terminology
                M.    Typical Court Proceedings – Misdemeanors
                N.    Typical Court Proceedings – Felonies
                O.    Interpreting Laboratory Practices
III.    Advanced Interpreting Techniques in Criminal and Civil Matters
                A.    Parties involved in Federal Courts
                B.    Federal Crimes
                C.    Family Law Court
                D.    Probate Court
                E.    Contracts Law
                F.    Advanced Sight Translations – Federal Level
                G.    Advanced Consecutive Techniques
                H.    Expert Witness Testimony – DNA
                I.    Expert Witness Testimony – Computer Forensics
                J.    Differences in the transfer of Criminal and Civil Legal Terminology
                K.    Drug Trafficking
                L.    Exam-Taking Techniques
                M.    Interpreting Laboratory Practices
 

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Federal Court Interpreter Instructors
Nestor Wagner

Nestor Wagner is a certified Court and Medical Interpreter who has been teaching interpreting courses since 1990. He has the highest pass rate of certified court interpreters in the nation. He has published several books in the interpreting community. Mr. Wagner is involved in the examination process for Immigration Interpreters and Analytical Linguists. He participates as speakers in national and international conferences on Criminal, Civil and Immigration Court terminology, advanced interpreting skills, and localization in the transfer of legal and non-legal terminology. Mr. Wagner holds a Master degree from the University of Washington.

Federal Court Interpreter Requirements / Prerequisites

Students must speak English and Spanish fluently. Students should be familiar with using a personal computer, mouse, and keyboard. They should be comfortable in a Windows or Mac environment, and have the ability to launch and close activities.

This program can only be taken on a Mac or PC. We highly recommend that you use Chrome in place of other web browsers. Adobe Flash Player is required for this program.

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Federal Court Interpreter Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. When you register, you’ll receive nine (9) months to complete the program.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

No.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don’t have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is the best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes.

How can I get more information about this program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button above). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the “Contact Us” form to the right. You may also call us at 1-877-221-5151. We will answer your questions promptly.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.


Please note:  Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

Does this program prepare for a certification?

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for any State or Federal Certified Spanish Court Interpreter exam.

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