Program would certify court interpreters (PA, US)

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Radovan Pletka  Identity Verified
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Interpreting and money Oct 22, 2010

It is well know that court interpreting, especially in Spanish, is basically only a little bit better than a minimum wage job. Even illegal immigrants, cleaning houses for rich people in California, are making more per hour (smile).
So you can imagine quality of people, applying for a testing for this low paid job....
I think 40% failure rate is still low, when you realize who is applying for the job. If they will start to pay interpreters better, they will get better candidates and failure rate will go down.
Somebody should tell them that buying interpreting is like buying a car, you usually get what you pay for.
If you budget allows you only a beaten up 1990 Ford Escort, you can't expect it will drive like 2010 Lincoln (smile)


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