We have compiled information and interpreter resources from various organizations. While we try our best to update information, there may be outdated resources. Please visit the link source for the correct information.
In order to become a contract interpreter for the City of Boise, you must attend the training and pass a background examination. Once that is completed, you are available as an interpreter for all Boise City Entities (Boise Police Department, Parks & Recreation, City Clerk, etc.) and local law enforcement agencies (Ada County, Meridian & Garden City).
Training is provided by the Boise Police Department Interpreter Program:
- 9-hour Boise Police Department Interpreter Training
Contact Jessica Perkins for more information.
Information on Idaho Licensure can be found at IdahoRID’s website’s homepage
IdahoRID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) provides workshops and training here in the Treasure Valley. For dates and information visit their schedule here: IdahoRID Workshops/Training
If you are interested in joining IdahoRID as a Dual, Associate, Qualified Educational Interpreter, Supporting or Student member, click here.
Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing website provides resources regarding:
- Becoming an ASL interpreter
- ADA – Complying with Federal Law, Reporting Non-Compliance
- Counseling & Mental Health & Addiction
- Emergency Communications
- Communication Options
- Infants, Children, Education & Parenting
- Laws in Idaho Related to Deaf/HH
- Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS)
- Vocational Rehabilitation
The Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing also provides:
Idaho Court Administrative Rule 52 mandates a priority of appointment the courts and their designees must follow when appointing interpreters to cover cases. The same states that certified interpreters should be used unless there is good cause to deviate.
The Administrative Office of the Court has access to certification exams only in 16 languages. Interpreters who work in languages other than the ones listed below, must pursue a path to become Registered Court Interpreters.
The steps to become a court interpreter can be found here: 2019 Idaho Court Interpreter Training & Certification Program
Link to the training and testing schedule for the Idaho Court Interpreter Training & Certification Program: Idaho Court Training & Testing Schedule
If you have completed training or believe you are qualified, here are the applications for:
- Master Level Certified
- Certified Court Interpreters
- Conditionally Approved Court Interpreters
- Registered Court Interpreters
The State of Idaho Judicial Branch – Language Access website also provides information about:
- Practice Examination Kits
- Idaho Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the Judiciary
- Idaho Court Administrative Rule 52
- Compensation Policies for Freelance Interpreters
- Interpreter Invoice – Instructions
- Interpreter Billing Statement
- Sample Court Interpreter Contract
For unanswered questions or more resources visit The State of Idaho Judicial Branch – Language Access – FAQs & Helpful Resources
Information provided by The State of Idaho Judicial Branch – Language Access website
A State certification program is currently not in place in this State. However, in order to become a Qualified Medical Interpreter (QMI) within the State of Idaho you must take the minimum 16-hour Medical Interpreter Workshop and pass a language evaluation at the end of the course. Both the certificate of completion and the language evaluation, in conjunction, is what makes you a QMI.
The national standard and code are as follows:
National Standards of Practice for Interpreters in Health Care
National Code of Ethics for Interpreters in Health Care
Medical Interpreter Training in the Treasure Valley is provided by Lopez Translation & Training and MDTranslation
Lopez Translation & Training provides:
- Basic 16-hour Medical Interpreter Workshop
- Basic requirement to work as a contract interpreter
- 40 Hour Medical Interpreter Workshop
- Through the Nationally Accredited Bridging the Gap – Cross Cultural Health Care
- 8-hour Intensive Preparation Class for National Certification
For entire 2019 course offerings look here: Lopez Training Class Offerings 2019
For additional information and FAQ visit Lopez Translation & Training website
- 40-hour Initial Training for Interpreters in Health Care in 3 sessions
- 16-hour Basic Training for Medical Interpreters – Class Info
- 16-hour Boot Camp for Medical Interpreters
- 8-hour Skills Building for Medical Interpreters
To register for training or for more info and resources visit MDTranslation website
If you provide medical interpreter training and would like to be included in this list please contact us.