Court Interpreter Training Institute (CITI)

About the CITI

The ​CITI ​is ​a ​hybrid (online and onsite), ​intensive ​professional ​development ​program ​for ​legal ​interpreters. Interpretation is both an art and a science, requiring very specialized training. Our federally certified and highly experienced instructors, combined with our extensive curriculum, offer a level of quality not easily matched. The CITI is committed to providing students with individual attention. The CITI program is also an ideal way to prepare for both the oral and written portions of the State or Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination (FCICE).

In 2018, the CITI will be offered as a hybrid program, with a series of webinars in June 2018 followed by two weeks of intensive, onsite instruction at the University of Arizona. 

June 2018 Online + July 9 – 20, 2018 in Tucson, AZ   |   $2595   

 

Objective of the CITI

  • To provide maximum time-on-task to increase the benefit gained from practice sessions and critiques with faculty members.
  • Comprehensive diagnostic testing is performed at the start and end of each institute, to give you a detailed analysis of how your language and interpreting skills have improved during the institute.

Over 100 hours of instruction! Including:

  • 19+ hours of terminology building
  • 13+ hours of simultaneous interpretation
  • 12+ hours of consecutive interpretation
  • 11+ hours of sight translation
  • 10+ hours of evaluation
  • 6+ hours of ethics and protocol

Download prior workshop schedule for example

Program Delivery

  • June 2018 will present a series of webinars to introduce techniques and terminology that will be put into practice during the onsite training July 9-20
  • Much of the institute is spent in the language laboratory and small group workshops
  • Working closely with instructors and fellow students on simultaneous and consecutive interpretation and sight translation techniques and strategies

Topics

Lecture topics run the gamut of areas essential to working interpreters, from:

  • Legal procedure
  • Drugs
  • Weaponry
  • Ethics
  • Protocol
  • Memory development techniques
  • Note-taking skills
  • Test preparation.

 Eligibility Requirements

 

Letter of Recommendation
Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a current employer, volunteer coordinator, recent educator, or other professional with knowledge of the applicant’s interpreting experience or ability. The letter should include a description of the applicant’s bilingual skills in a professional context.
Interpretation Experience

How to Document Interpreting Experience

Your letter of recommendation may be sufficient for this requirement. Otherwise, please submit one of the following to document your interpreting experience:

  • Copy of official score report showing passage of an interpreting exam, such as:
    • Federal Court Interpreter Certification Exam (Written or Oral Portion)
    • Consortium or State Exam (Written or Oral Portion)
    • Court Interpreter Certificate of Proficiency
    • American Translators Association Exam in English or Spanish
    • National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators Exam
    • Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreter Exam (CHI or AHI credential)
    • National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (CMI credential)
    • Medical Interpreter Competency Examination
    • Interpreting assessment conducted by an employer or agency

OR

  • Course transcripts showing at least an associate’s degree or its equivalent in Translation/Interpretation
  • Certificate of completion of professional level interpreter or translator training

OR

  • Equivalent training, testing or experience as determined on a case-by-case basis.
Bilingualism

How to Document Bilingualism

Passing any interpreter certification exam listed below (?)

OR provide ONE of the following:

  • Course transcripts showing at least an associate’s degree or equivalent in a field listed below (or a
    related field):

    • Translation/Interpretation
    •  Spanish (literature, linguistics, education)
    • English (from a University in a Spanish-speaking country)

OR

  • Proof of professional level of proficiency (ILR 3 or equivalent) in English/Spanish from a standardized
    language proficiency assessment.

OR

  • Proof of professional level of proficiency (ILR 3 or equivalent) in English/Spanish from an Oral Proficiency
    Interview conducted by NCI (please contact NCI to schedule: ncitrp@email.arizona.edu
International Applicants
The National Center for Interpretation at the University of Arizona welcomes all levels of professionals into our workshops and seminars. We encourage international applicants to make visa arrangements well in advance to allow time for completion of travel logistics.

We also encourage you to take your notification of acceptance and/or confirmation of registration into the NCI program to your visa interview as well as proof of your professional status as an interpreter in your country.

To estimate the approximate wait for a visa appointment in your local U.S. embassy or consulate, please visit the US State Department website.

Persons traveling to any NCI program as international participants are highly encouraged to obtain private health insurance for the period of time they will be in the U.S. and to carry appropriate documentation of legal status during their stay.

International Visiting Scholars must arrive on a J-1 visa

Have questions?

Apply to CITI

Apply Online

Online application is fast, secure and convenient with our online ordering system. NCI can receive payment only by credit card, debit card, or pre-paid cards. Checks or cash are not accepted.

Acceptance

  • NCI will verify your eligibility for the CITI.
  • You will receive an acceptance letter and your acceptance packet, which contains information about housing, required materials, and discounts.
  • Upon receipt of your acceptance letter, you will have 30 days to pay a non-refundable deposit of $295 towards your tuition to reserve your seat.

Application and Tuition Costs

  • Application Fee: $50
  • CITI Tuition: $2595 (including $295 deposit)

Important Deadlines

Deadline to apply to the CITI: June 1
Deadline to pay CITI tuition balance: June 8
CITI webinars start: June 14

Next Steps for CITI Participants

The following information has been prepared for students in the CITI program. Since these programs are offered face-to-face in Tucson, Arizona, we have gathered some important sections that are relevant to CITI students.

  • Webinars: Start June 14th
  • In Tucson: July 9 – 20, 2018

This year, the Court Interpreter Training Institute (CITI) is being held on the The University of Arizona Campus in Tucson, Arizona.  The CITI runs Monday through Friday, so your weekends are your own to study, relax, and explore Tucson.  When making your arrangements, please keep in mind that Tucson is HOT in July and plan accordingly.  You’ll want sun screen, a water bottle, perhaps a hat.

Housing Options

Out-of-town CITI participants have several options for lodging.  There are two hotels in the University area which are within walking distance of the CITI: the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel and the Aloft Tucson University Hotel.  Participants are welcome to make their own arrangements at either hotel or through an online service such as Airbnb.

CITI participants can also stay in Coronado Residence Hall here on the University campus.  The cost of the dorm is $43/night.  The rooms are single occupancy suite-style rooms, with a bathroom shared by two rooms, and a shared kitchen. You can contact us for details.

Participants are responsible for their own food.  There are a number of restaurant options near the University’s Main Gate as well as in the University’s Student Unions.  There are also supermarkets nearby, including the Food Conspiracy Co-op and Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market along the streetcar line.

Transportation

SunTran and SunLink provide bus service and modern streetcar serve the Tucson metro area including the University of Arizona campus, downtown Tucson, and Tucson International Airport. See routes, timetables, and fares at suntran.com and at sunlinkstreetcar.com.

For information about the Tucson Airport and its transportation options please visit www.flytucson.com.

Parking

Participants with cars will be responsible for making their own parking arrangements. For information on parking permits and parking maps, please visit the Parking and Transportation Office website.

Meals

CITI participants are responsible for their own meals.  The University of Arizona campus has a number of inexpensive restaurants in the Student Union, including the popular Cactus Grill. There are also many restaurants and a couple of grocery stores nearby. There are also many food options available at Main Gate Square, located on University Blvd.

Weather

Tucson weather can be hot in the summer, with highs typically between 90-105 degrees Fahrenheit. With the proper precautions such as drinking plenty of water and using an umbrella, summer time in Tucson is an enjoyable experience. Especially if you are planning to swim at the Recreation Center’s swimming pool! (more details below). We also have the monsoon season which brings a lot of rain in the summer time, usually in the month of July.

Recreation Center

The University of Arizona’s Recreation Center also known as the “Rec Center” is a place where you can go to exercise, relax, and have some fun. With plenty of sports activities and group classes available, this is an excellent choice available on campus. Learn more: rec.arizona.edu