Court Interpreter Certification Program

Becoming a Supreme Court Certified Foreign Language Interpreter

Candidates interested in receiving court interpreter certification from the Supreme Court of Ohio must pass a written exam and an oral exam. Please see Superintendence Rule 81 (J) and Rule 82 for details and eligibility. The cost to receive court interpreter certification is the following:

Written Exam Residents Non-Residents
One-time Application Fee $25 $50
Orientation Training (Mandatory) $50 $75
Written Examination Fee $50 $100
Total Due with Application $125 $225

Applicants who pass the written examination may apply for the oral exam. For more information on the oral exam, please see the Court Interpreter Oral Examination Application.

Oral Exam Residents Non-Residents
Modes of Interpretation Training $100 $100
Oral Examination Fee $200 $250
Total $300 $350

The Court offers certification exams in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Haitian-Creole
  • Hmong
  • Ilocano
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Lao
  • Mandarin
  • Marshallese
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

Candidates who have obtained certification in other states, through the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or other entities may apply for reciprocity.

To apply please complete the corresponding application form:

Court Interpreter Written Examination Application

Court Interpreter Oral Examination Application

Sign Language Interpreter Certification Application

Roster Application for Qualified Sign Language Interpreter

Certification Reciprocity Application

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