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Become a Federal Court Interpreter

If you're interested in becoming a court interpreter and translating information into English within the federal court system, this 100% online course is for you!

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 20% increase in demand for interpreters in the coming years due to more foreign language speakers in the U.S.

On average, interpreters make over $51,000 a year, but court interpreters can earn substantially more — around $75,000 annually, according to

In this course, you will:

Become a Federal Court Interpreter


Delivery Method
100% Online
Contact Information
Joe Crespo
ed2go Online Courses
1519 Clearlake Road, Bldg. 25
Cocoa, FL 32922 

To enroll in this course, you must be fluent in both English and Spanish.

Program Curriculum

The syllabus for the Federal Court Interpreter training includes the following:


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 also involved in the examination process for immigration interpreters and analytical linguists. He participates as a speaker at 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’s degree from the University of Washington.

Course Registration

This self-paced course costs only $2,395 and is available 100% online through our curriculum partner ed2go. You can start at any time!


Court Interpreter FAQs

What do court interpreters do?
Court interpreters play a role in translating what people say or write from one language to another, often into English, for the legal system. They commonly help with activities like initial court appearances, arraignments, early hearings, pretrial motions, and trials.
What is the difference between a state court interpreter and a federal court interpreter?

The main difference between a state court interpreter and a federal court interpreter lies in their respective areas of jurisdiction. State court interpreters work with cases involving state or city laws and residents, while federal court interpreters deal with cases against the United States and those concerning specific federal laws. As a result, passing the federal court interpreter exam is notably more challenging due to its broader scope and complexity.

How do I become a federal court interpreter?

To become a federal court interpreter, you need to pass the qualification exams conducted by or meet specific eligibility criteria established by the U.S. Court System Administrative Office. The court classifies interpreters into three categories: certified interpreters for Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Navajo speakers; professionally qualified interpreters for other major foreign languages; and language skilled interpreters for less commonly taught or spoken languages.

Additional Continuing Education Courses

If you're looking for continuing education options, you may find the following courses, as well as other legal programs through ed2go, to be of interest: