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Arizona Court Interpreter Credentialing Program


Welcome to the Arizona Court Interpreter Credentialing Program (ACICP).

Effective with the implementation of the ACICP, courts will be required to have current staff interpreters credentialed at the Tier 3 or Tier 4 level by June 30, 2019. Any new court employee providing interpreting services hired after June 30, 2017 will be required to hold an Arizona credential at the Tier 3 or Tier 4 level. In the event a credentialed candidate is not available at the time of recruitment, the court shall require the new employee to become credentialed at the Tier 3 or Tier 4 level within 24 months of their date of hire. Additionally, as of July 1, 2017, courts will be expected to show a preference for those interpreters who are credentialed whenever contracting with freelance interpreters.

The ACICP provides for the credentialing of spoken-language interpreters only. Interpreters for the deaf and hard-of-hearing are governed and regulated under A.R.S. § 36-1971 and A.R.S. § 12-242. The licensure of these interpreters is overseen by the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACDHH).

All current and prospective interpreters are encouraged to create a profile in the Arizona Court Interpreter Registry. The Registry is a web-based database of interpreters who either work or are available to work in the Arizona courts. While it is not a public listing of interpreters, courts are able to search the registry when looking for interpreters to employ. The registry is also the primary management tool for information related to the ACICP. Individual interpreters may view their credential status within their registry profile.

Please choose from the following options for more information about the Arizona Court Interpreter Credentialing Program:

  1. Overview of Credential Tiers
  2. Earning a Credential
  3. Registration Process
  4. Reciprocity and Transfer of Components
  5. Exam Information
  6. Fee Schedule

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