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Overview of Credential Tiers

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Tier 1

The Tier 1 credential covers basic ethics, court knowledge and language abilities in both English and the non-English language. In order to receive a Tier 1 credential, the candidate must complete the following:

More detailed information regarding Tier 1 can be found here.

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Tiers 2 through 4

Tiers 2 through 4 are awarded based on Oral Court  Interpreter Exam performance. The oral court interpreter exam tests interpreting skills. A candidate may only take the oral court interpreter exam after he or she has satisfied the requirements for Tier 1.

  • Tier 2: A candidate who receives a score of 60-69% *on each component of the oral court interpreter exam
  • Tier 3: A candidate who receives a score of 70-79% *on each component of the oral court interpreter exam
  • Tier 4: A candidate who receives a score of 80% or higher *on each component of the oral court interpreter exam

* Neither section of the Sight Translation may be more than five (5) percentage points below the minimum score for a particular tier.

Oral court interpreter exams are available for the following languages:

  • Arabic*
  • Bosnian/ Croatian/ Serbian**
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hmon
  • Ilocano
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Laotian
  • Mandarin
  • Marshallese**
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Turkish**
  • Vietnamese
*The oral court interpreter exam in Arabic uses Modern Standard Arabic for the Sight Translation and Simultaneous portions of the exam and offers a choice of either Arabic Egyptian Colloquial OR Arabic Levantine Colloquial for the Consecutive portion.
**This language uses an abbreviated oral court interpreter exam. The abbreviated exam contains a simultaneous exercise (English into the target language) and a test of English proficiency.

More detailed information regarding Tiers 2 through 4 can be found here.

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Tier A

The Tier A credential is only available for languages in which there is no Oral Court Interpreter Exam. Tier A does not include a test of interpreting skills, but requires superior language skills in the non-English language. Tier A candidates must:

  • Meet all of the requirements of Tier 1
  • Score at the highest level on the Oral Proficiency Interview

It is important to note that all communication from the Arizona Court Interpreter Credentialing Program will be done through email. It is imperative that you maintain an up-to-date email address in the Arizona Court Interpreter Registry.

More detailed information regarding Tier A can be found here.

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