4.6 Court Certificate Five-Year Recertification

A certified court interpreter must maintain all prerequisite certifications and satisfy the five-year recertification requirements to maintain his or her certification. For more information, see Chapter 1: BEI General Interpreter Certification Policies and Procedures, 1.8.2 Multiple Certificates and 1.9 Five-Year Certificate Recertification.

Holders of a BEI General Certificate and a Court Certificate must satisfy:

  • 6.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) (60 clock hours) in interpreting-related topics;
  • 2.0 CEUs (20 clock hours) in court-related topics approved by DARS DHHS; and
  • 2.0 CEUs (20 clock hours) in ethics-related topics.

Holders of a BEI Court Interpreter Certificate must satisfy:

  • 2.0 CEUs (20 clock hours) in court-related topics approved by DARS DHHS; and
  • CEU requirements for requisite certificate issued by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), or NIC.

Court Certificate five-year recertification courtesy notification letters are mailed or sent by email at least 60 days before the certificate recertification due date. Failure to receive a courtesy notification letter from DARS DHHS does not exempt a certified court interpreter from the recertification requirements.

To recertify, the certified court interpreter must:

  1. complete:
    • Form 3901-2, Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility of Certified Court Interpreters, and Form 3912, Court Interpreter Five-Year Certificate Renewal; or
    • Form 3922, Multiple-Certificate Five-Year Recertification; and
  2. attach:
    • the applicable recertification fee;
    • copies of the CEUs earned during the five-year certification period; and
    • a copy of a valid certificate if not a holder of BEI certification.

Mail the five-year recertification form and fee, and the CEU documentation at least 30 business days before the expiration date to DARS DHHS.

Upon receipt of forms and fees, a DARS DHHS staff member:

  • reviews the renewal paperwork for accuracy and completeness;
  • updates the certification status; and
  • mails a new certificate card to the qualified certificate holder.

Allow 30 business days for processing.