Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination for Spanish/English

We appreciate your interest in becoming a Federally Certified Court Interpreter. On this website you may register for the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination (FCICE), and access the Examinee Handbook, practice examinations, background information about court interpreting, and a short primer on preparing for your examination. You may also find a list of test locations, a process flow overview for registration, and a link which will allow you to create a personal account.


FCICE 2017

Miami Testing Event Reschedule


Due to hurricane Irma, and the ongoing recovery efforts in Miami, the testing event scheduled for
September 19 – 22 has been postponed.


Before the hurricane hit, candidates were alerted by Administrative Office of the United States Courts
(A/O) that we were watching the weather closely and would notify them of and schedule changes.

In discussion between Paradigm and the A/O on Friday September 15, it was decided that the infrastructure in Miami was not yet recovered enough to support a fair and secure high stakes testing event.  We shared concerns that while the test center location may be operational, the power and Internet is not yet stable, which would potentially cause interruption in the computerized test delivery. There are also concerns regarding general safety and well-being of candidates who would be driving to the area from outside of the city of Miami.

We will let you know as soon as new dates have been confirmed with the testing location.

Please watch your email for important update from the A/O and Paradigm (check you spam folder).  

  • Registration closed July 31, 2017.
  • Oral examinations will be administered September 11th through September 23rd, 2017.
  • Eligible oral examination candidates must have passed the FCICE written examination for Spanish/English.
  • The oral examination will take approximately 45 minutes. It will require demonstration of competency in sight translation and simultaneous and consecutive interpretation.
  • Registration dates for the written examination will be announced in the spring of 2018.


Link to http://www.uscourts.gov/services-forms/federal-court-interpreters

Link to the Federal Court Interpreting Program Website


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