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2020 Orientation Workshop and Written Examination for Prospective Nevada Court Interpreters

3/17/2020 6:14:07 AM

Out of an abundance of caution due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, the Administration Office of the Courts is cancelling the Court Interpreter Program Orientation Workshop and Written Examination that was scheduled for March 26 and 27, 2020, at the Second Judicial District Courthouse in Reno. 

At this time, we have not determined dates on which to reschedule due to the emergent nature of the response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

Notice will be posted on the website when any decisions regarding  rescheduling is made. 

We will be refunding the registration and exam fees as soon as possible. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this unprecedented public health emergency.


The Orientation Workshop (Workshop) is the first required step for Nevada Court Interpreter Certification/Registration. The Workshop is followed by a written examination, an oral performance examination, or an oral proficiency interview (OPI) depending on a prospective candidate’s language of expertise.

The Workshop will take place over 2 days. It will cover fundamentals of court interpretation as well as an introduction to Nevada’s court system. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and includes a 1-hour lunch break and two 15-minutes breaks each day. The Written Examination (WE) will take place in the afternoon on the second day of the Workshop. NEW – The Orientation Workshop is Thursday and Friday this year. 

The upcoming 2020 Orientation Workshop will be held in both, Northern and Southern Nevada. The dates are:

  • Thursday & Friday, February 13-14, 2020, in Las Vegas, NV (Clark County Government Center, Organizational Development Center 1, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89155). Written Examination is on February 14, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday & Friday, March 26-27, 2020, in Reno, NV (Second Judicial District Court, Jury Assembly Room, 75 Court Street, Reno, NV). Written Examination is on March 27, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

The written exam, for which the attendance at the Orientation Workshop is a mandatory pre-requisite, measures candidates’ knowledge of three areas fundamental to the work of a court interpreter, at the level of a minimally qualified interpreter: 

  • English language,  
  • Court-related terms and usage, and 
  • Ethics and professional conduct. 

The written examination is only one part of the process for becoming a credentialed court interpreter in Nevada.  A minimum passing score of 80% is required in order to become eligible to take the oral performance exam or oral proficiency interview. Passing the written test does not mean a person is a credentialed (certified or registered) court interpreter; rather, it means the examinee has met one of several requirements for credentialing.

Please register for the 2020 Orientation Workshop/Written Exam by mailing in the Registration Form.   Nevada residents will be given first preference, as seating is limited.

Please contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at aocmail@nvcourts.nv.gov or (775) 684-1700 with questions.