- OCIS maintains a roster of qualified freelance interpreters for contract on an as-needed basis. Interpreters must fulfill the following minimum requirements in order to work for OCIS:
Spanish InterpretersOCIS contracts with interpreters who hold the Federal Court Interpreter Certification administered by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOC). Please visit the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts website for information on the federal certification program.
American Sign Language InterpretersOCIS contracts with hearing Sign Language Interpreters who hold a national generalist certification recognized by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) with priority given to SC: L. Please visit the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf website for information on the certification program.
OCIS contracts with deaf interpreters who hold a CDI with priority given to CLIP-R. Please visit the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf website for information on the certification program.
Interpreters of Spoken Languages other than SpanishInterpreters for languages other than Spanish must hold State Court Interpreter Certification. Please visit the National Center for State Courts for information about the State Certification Program.
OCIS also contracts with interpreters of languages other than Spanish who have passed the U.S. Department of State seminar or conference exams.
If State Court Interpreter Certification or the U.S. Department of State’s seminar or conference exams are not available in your language, you must take and pass a skills assessment administered by OCIS. Please see Requirements for Qualification and Exercises to Prepare for a Skills Assessment for additional information.
Interested persons should send letters, résumés and proof of certification to the attention of James Plunkett, III, Coordinator of Interpreting Services and Language Access at firstname.lastname@example.org.