Interpreter Resources

Compensation Schedule

Interpreter Classification Foreign Language Sign Language
  Hourly Half Day Full Day Hourly Half Day Full Day
Master $65-75 $200-235 $350-400 $65-75 $200-235 $350-400
Certified $45-60 $150-180 $300-330 $45-60 $150-180 $300-330
Qualified $35-40 $100-125 $200-225 $35-40 $100-125 $200-225
Conditional $25-30 $80-95 $160-170 NA NA NA
Registered $40-55 $135-175 $265-325 $25-30 $80-95 $160-170
Rare or Uncommon Language Depends on qualifications, experience, type of case and language.

Miscellaneous Provisions

  1. When hired at an hourly rate, interpreters are entitled to no more than a two-hour minimum guaranteed compensation per assignment.  
  1. Interpreters who receive at minimum forty-eight hour advance notice of a cancellation would not be entitled to a cancellation fee.  If cancellation occurs with less than forty-eight hours’ notice and before the interpreter starts traveling to the assignment from their normal business location, the cancellation fee should be equivalent to one-hour compensation.  If cancellation occurs after the interpreter starts traveling to, or appears for an assignment, the cancellation fee should be the equivalent of two hours pay based on classification, regardless of whether the interpreter was hired at an hourly, half day or full day rate, and without regard to the number of cases for which the interpreter was hired.  Interpreters will be entitled to reimbursement of any incurred expenses.
  1. Interpreters are also entitled to reimbursement of mileage, parking, tolls, and travel time.
    1. Mileage would be paid at the prevailing rate in the county or court whenever the interpreter has to travel more the fifty miles round trip to an assignment. 
    2. Parking allowances would be paid when no free parking exists within a five block radius of the assignment location 
    3. When travel to an assignment is more than two hours one way from the interpreter’s normal business address or location, the interpreter can request compensation for travel time at half the minimum hourly compensation rate for his/her classification. 
    4. If travel by train or plane is required, the interpreter should be entitled to full reimbursement of travel costs and a per diem. 
    5. If overnight accommodations are required for the completion of an assignment, these expenses would also be reimbursable to the interpreter. 
    6. All requests for reimbursement must be accompanied by proper receipts.

Skill-Building Workshops

The Trauma-informed Interpreter: Working with Domestic Violence and Abuse Cases

October 4, 2017 - 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Philadelphia Family Court Training Room
1501 Arch Street, 15th floor, Philadelphia, PA

The AOPC Interpreter Certification Program presents a one-day FREE workshop which will focus on techniques, strategies and self-care practices for interpreters who encounter trauma in any setting. It will also provide an overview of domestic violence laws including terminology specific to DV cases. Other topics will include a discussion on ethical issues related to interpreting for trauma victims and how to deal with vicarious trauma for interpreters.

The presenters for this workshop are Marjorie A. Bancroft, MA, Director of Cross-Cultural Communications (CCC) and Molly Callahan, Esq., Women Against Abuse Legal Center Director.

Specific topics include:

  • Trauma-informed interpreting
  • Techniques for interpreting trauma
  • Vicarious trauma self-care for interpreters
  • Overview of DV laws and terminology
  • Ethical considerations for interpreters working with DV, sexual assault and child abuse

After completing this workshop interpreters will be able to:

  • Define and better understand DV, gender-based violence, and sexual assault and intimidation
  • Discuss how to interpret effectively for trauma survivors
  • Practice techniques for interpreting trauma that will promote accuracy, avoid re-traumatizing the victim and respect survivor autonomy
  • Apply ethical principles, considerations and limitations when working with trauma survivors
  • Learn the value of observing professional boundaries when working in stressful settings

Attendance is limited to 50 participants. Registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received. This program is pre-approved for 7 CEUs, including 3 in ethics, by the Pennsylvania Interpreter Certification Program. Participants must provide a certificate of attendance/completion to the ICP in order to receive credit. Advance request for approval is not necessary. A light continental breakfast will be provided. Lunch is on your own.

To register, click here and complete the registration form. Mail or email the completed form to the address indicated in the form.

This project was supported by PCCD Subgrant # 26422-2, awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC). The opinions, findings and conclusions expressed within this publication/program/workshop are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of PCCD, the AOPC or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

 

Language of Justice Institute

Widener University’s Delaware Law School is launching a program designed to prepare candidates for the court interpreter state certification oral exam and work in a variety of legal settings. The First Judicial District (Philadelphia Courts) and Delaware Law School collaborated to develop this specialized program through a generous grant provided by the State Justice Institute. The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), through its Interpreter Certification Program, contributed its knowledge and expertise to the development of the program. This college credit degree program is designed for professional interpreters and high-level bilingual staff with an emphasis on specialized skill-building training. To earn a Court Interpreting degree, students must complete twenty-four (24) credit hours of academic coursework. Courses are designed to offer hands-on practice and exercises in court interpreting, legal terminology, competence and ethics in the profession. The program can be completed in one academic year as a full-time student. Students may also take online or seated courses at an individual pace. To learn more follow the link below.

2017 PARID Conference

The Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PARID) is holding its annual conference on October 6-7, 2017 in State College. The workshops in this day-and-a-half conference have been pre-approved by the ICP for 7 CEUs. For complete details including cost and registration follow the link below.

MAGNA VOCE Interpreter Education

This company provides scholarly-focused educational opportunities for aspiring and professional interpreters working in the legal, medical and community contexts. Instruction is aimed at helping participants to assemble a theoretical and methodological toolbox and in the development of strategies for use in any interpreting scenario. Workshops are a balanced combination of theoretical principles and skills practice accompanied by constructive instructor and peer criticism. The goals of the curriculum are linguistic competence, well-developed interpreting skills and an awareness of the humanistic and ethical considerations present in everyday work. Its workshops are grouped into series called enrichment, boot camp, legal, ethics and responsibilities, and community interpreting. They cover the spectrum of knowledge necessary for becoming a successful interpreter. From a six-day fundamentals course introducing the concepts of interpretation to skill-building seminars in the simultaneous, consecutive and sight modes of interpretation, note-taking, and ethical practices. Many of its workshops are language neutral. All the seminars are approved for CEU credits by the Interpreter Certification Program. For a complete description of workshops and a schedule of upcoming seminars, cost and other details, follow the link below. Registration is open for all 2016 workshops. Follow the link below for current listings.

National Center for Interpretation

This established and nationally recognized institution located at the University of Arizona offers training for legal and medical interpreters year-round. Its many courses and skill-building workshops are available to interpreters of all levels and languages; from beginners to experienced ones. Among its many offerings is the respected Agnese Haury Institute, an intense two and a half weeks legal interpreting summer program offered annually. The center also sponsors nationwide training workshops in the three modes of interpretation to prepare candidates for state and federal oral examinations. More recently, it has developed a program for medical interpreters preparing for their new certification test. Follow the link below for complete detailed information about its many program offerings.

New Mexico Center for Language Access

The Center provides training through four non-credit certificate programs for bilingual persons interested in helping those with linguistic needs throughout the justice and healthcare systems. Justice System Interpreting is designed to prepare individuals for work throughout the justice system. Persons interested in pursuing court interpreter certification are ideal candidates for this program. The Justice System and Medical Language Access Specialist programs are designed to train individuals who are called on to provide language access services as part of their regular work in the justice system and healthcare industry. Medical Interpreting is designed to train interpreters who facilitate linguistic and cultural communication between patients and healthcare providers. Courses are available online and some require an internship. For more detailed information about these programs follow the link below.

Training and Practice Tools

Testing & Certification

Practice Exam Kits

Self-Study Materials

Oral Exam Practice Exercises

  • Manual for New Jersey Practice Exercises
  • New Jersey Practice Exercises
  • The Interpreter's Gym The Interpreter's Gym is an account on SoundCloud created by Stephen Sanford, a Legal Interpreter Instructor at Boston University. This channel offers recorded practice tracks in English and Portuguese in both the Simultaneous and Consecutive modes. This is a great resource to practice your oral exam skills. Remember to record your renditions. Time to work out!

Colleges & Universities

The following colleges and universities offer courses, certificates and training in court interpretation:

Affiliated Organizations

The following organizations provide information and translation, training resources, workshops and professional development through conferences and publications:

Neighboring State Interpreter Programs

Online Training

The following companies have been approved as providers of online training for candidates pursuing certification by the Pennsylvania Interpreter Certification Program and CEUs for certified interpreters looking to comply with continuing education requirements in order to renew their certification.  While there is no limit to the number of training hours which non-certified candidates are allowed to take online, certified interpreters seeking continuing education credits are limited to no more than 6 CEUs of online training per each two-year compliance period.  For such certified interpreters one hour of online training is equal to .25 CEUs.  Follow the links below to obtain detailed information about the variety of courses and training offered by each company.

  • Interpreter Education Online
  • De la Mora Interpreter Training
  • Interpretrain
  • American Pie Seminars - This provider has many instructor led webinars held on-line through GotoMeeting.com which are approved by the ICP for CEU credit. Only instructor led seminars which include a final test or evaluation of the participant’s skills are approved for CEU credits. For additional information regarding class schedules and fees, please contact American Pie Seminars, Hortensia Torres-Comas, at (800) 436-6234 or americanpieseminars@email.com
  • Athena Sky Interpreting provides online trainings to improve students’ skill and/or certification level. Participants perform on-the-spot exercises, obtaining feedback and learning strategies to heighten their proficiency. Exercises are provided in Spanish, English, and language-neutral form. Interpreters of all languages are welcome. Trainer Athena Matilsky is a Federally Certified Spanish interpreter. Instructor-led courses have been pre-approved for CEUs by the ICP. For more information: Athena Sky Interpreting