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Court Interpreter Orientation

Cost for Orientation is $100, including required online information for individual review and a two-day in-person workshop.  Scholarships based upon financial need may be considered for qualified Nebraska applicants who are required to travel more than 100 miles (one way) to attend Orientation.

  • March 25-26, 2017, UNL College of Law


Written Exam

Applicants for the written exam for certification must have completed Court Interpreter Orientation to be eligible to sit for the written exam, which is administered approximately six weeks after Court Interpreter Orientation. Applicants may take the written exam once per calendar year. Exam is conducted in Lincoln and Omaha. Applicants taking the written exam for a third or subsequent time must pay a testing fee.

  • April 26, 2017, in Lincoln, Nebraska

  • May 5, 2017, in Omaha, Nebraska


Oral Exam

Applicants for the oral exam for certification must have completed Court Interpreter Orientation and passed the written English comprehension exam in order to be eligible. Applicants are eligible to test once per calendar year. Exam is conducted in Lincoln and Omaha. 

Cost for the Oral Exam is:  $225.00 (Nebraska residents) and $350.00 (Out-of-state residents)

Note:  For purposes of the oral exam, an interpreter is considered "Nebraska Resident" if he or she lives in the state of Nebraska, or within 50 miles of the Nebraska border and intends to interpret for the Nebraska Judicial Branch.


Interpreter Test Preparation Strategies for Written and Oral Exam

A list of test preparation strategies and resources can be found here, and a reference guide to American English idioms can be found here.  Although various training strategies and resources are included, the State of Nebraska does not endorse any particular program and does not guarantee success on examinations as a result of any training.


Skills-Building Workshop

Cost for Skills-Building Workshop is $100.  Times are 9:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m. each day.  Space is limited.

  • Nothing scheduled at this time.
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