Court Interpreter Training Institute (CITI)

In 2021, NCI will be offering its renowned Court Interpreter Training Institute fully online.

About the CITI

The ​CITI ​is ​an ​intensive ​professional ​development ​program ​for Spanish/English ​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 written and oral portions of the State or Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination (FCICE).

In 2021, the CITI will be offered as a fully online program, combining asynchronous and synchronous instruction to maximize its impact.  It will begin with a series of webinars in June (about 10-15 hours/week of work) followed by two weeks of intensive, online instruction from July 5-16 (about 30-40 hours/week).  The 2021 CITI will provide 120 total hours of specialized interpreter training.



Objectives of the CITI

  • To provide maximum time-on-task to increase the benefit gained from practice sessions and critiques with instructors.
  • 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.

Program Delivery

  • June 1-5, 2021:  CITI Orientation and Diagnostic Pre-Testing

  • June 5-July 1, 2021:  A series of live webinars taught by highly experienced federally certified court interpreters to introduce techniques and terminology, coupled with online interpreting exercises and extensive peer review (approximately 10-15 hours/week).

  • July 5-16, 2021:  Intensive instruction and interpreting practice with instructors and fellow students on simultaneous and consecutive interpreting and sight translation techniques and strategies (approximately 30-40 hours/week)

Technical Requirements

The technical requirements to participate in the online CITI are relatively modest.  They include:

  • Desktop or laptop with video capability or webcam

  • Good internet connection

  • Headset/ear buds that include a microphone (do not rely on built-in mic and speakers!)

  • A device to record audio (your phone works just fine)



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

  • Legal Procedure
  • Drugs
  • Weaponry
  • Ethics & Protocol
  • Memory Development Techniques
  • Note-Taking Skills
  • ...and more

Funding Opportunities

arizona wioa funding

  • Arizona residents may be eligible for funding through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Learn more by contacting your local Arizona One-Stop Service Center.  Residents of other states may also inquire at their local One-Stop Service Center to see if they are eligible in their state.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must provide the following three documents to ensure that they possess a sufficient level of bilingualism and interpreting/translating experience to benefit from the CITI:

Letter of Interest

Applicants must submit a letter of interest indicating why they want to attend the CITI.  The letter should also describe how the applicants acquired their bilingualism and what kind of experience they have had with interpreting or translating.


Applicants must submit a current résumé.  The résumé should highlight the applicants’ language experience and any interpreting or translating credentials earned.

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 applicants’ interpreting/translation experience or ability. The letter should include a description of the applicants’ bilingual skills in a professional context.


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Application Process

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.


  • NCI will verify your eligibility for the CITI.
  • You will receive an acceptance letter and your acceptance packet, which contains information about required materials and more details about the program.
  • Upon receipt of your acceptance letter, you will have until May 27 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: May 24, 2021
Deadline to pay CITI deposit: May 27, 2021
Deadline to pay CITI tuition balance: May 27, 2021
CITI program starts: June 1, 2021

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