Is being bilingual sufficient to become a certified court interpreter?
No. Professional court interpreting requires more than being bilingual. Court interpreting is a highly skilled profession that requires training, education, experience, and knowledge of legal terminology in both languages.
We encourage those individuals interested in this program to read over the self-assessment guide provided by the Consortium at http://www.ncsc.org/Education-and-Careers/State-Interpreter-Certification/~/media/Files/PDF/Education%20and%20Careers/State%20Interpreter%20Certification%202/Qualifications.ashx.The Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination Program also has a self-assessment test you can review at http://www.ncsc.org/sitecore/content/microsites/fcice/home/About-the-program/Examinee-Handbook/5-Self-assessment-readiness.aspx.