The NM Center for Language Access (NMCLA) is a program ofthe NM Administrative Office of the Courts. The Center offers flexible and innovative training options for court interpreter certification candidates, already certified court interpreters and monolingual and bilingual judiciary employees. Please explore our website to gain insight into the breadth and depth of our programs, classes and services.
Custom Curriculum Development & Instructional Design
Online instructor-led courses
Downloadable training programs
Language Access Basic Training (LABT)
The Language Access Basic Training (LABT) is a downloadable interactive training, which serves as an introduction to language access for all court employees. The program can be customized to meet specific needs.
Language Specific & Language Neutral Certificate Programs
Justice System Interpreting Certificate Program: A 24-week online program is designed to train interpreters who work throughout the justice system. Individuals interested in pursuing court interpreting certification are ideal candidates. The program also includes an optional internship. Click here for program description.
Language Access Specialist Certificate Program: A 8-week online program is designed to train bilingual judiciary employees who are called on to provide language access services as part of their regular work under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Attorneys, and experienced certified court interpreters and translators with a variety of backgrounds have designed this interdisciplinary curriculum. Click here for program description.
Language Neutral Professional Development Courses
- Introduction to Court Interpreting: This 2-week online course provides a guided program of self-directed study and practice in the three modes of interpreting as well as English proficiency: vocabulary acquisition, idiomatic expressions and legal terminology. Click here for details.
- Simultaneous Interpreting in Court: Theory & Practice: This 4-week online course provides a guided program of self-directed study and practice in the techniques of vocabulary acquisition, listening skills, fluency development and other components of simultaneous interpreting. Click here for details.
- Consecutive Interpreting in Court: Theory & Practice: This 4-week online course provides a guided program of self-directed study and practice in the techniques of listening comprehension, memory expansion, note taking methodology and other components of consecutive interpreting. Click here for details.
- Intensive Interpreting Practice: This 6-week self-directed online course is available to court interpreters and court interpreter certification candidates who wish to improve their skills in the three modes of interpreting. Course materials and content will be available to students weekly and relevant homework assignments will be reviewed by experienced faculty. Click here for details.