For holders of a Licensing Court Interpreter license expiring on or after January 1, 2007, eight hours of TDLR approved continuing education courses will be required to renew the that license. Two of these hours must be in the instruction of ethics. The remaining six must be in courses taken in one or more of the following subjects:
- Government Code, Chapter 57, Court Interpreters
- Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 80, Licensing Court Interpreters
- Practice topics, such as etiquette, modes, vocabulary, technology, transcription, translation, grammar and spelling, and voice training.
- Business practices
Continuing education courses must be completed within the term of the license being renewed. For example, if a license expires on May 15, 2007, the continuing education courses taken to renew that license must have been taken between May 15, 2006 and May 15, 2007.
For a late renewal, the continuing education courses must have been completed within the one year period immediately prior to the date of the renewal.
Licensees may not receive continuing education credit for attending the same course more than once for one renewal period. Further, licensees must retain a copy of the certificate of completion for a course for one year after the date of completion. In conducting any inspection or investigation of the licensee, the department may examine the licensee’s records to determine compliance.
Please note that the reporting of continuing education hours is the responsibility of the continuing education provider. Licensees may check their hours from the program’s link “Check the CE course you have completed”. If the hours have not been reported, the licensee should contact the provider first to ensure that they hours are reported. If the reporting issue is not resolved, they have the option of filing a complaint.