Texas Association of Judiciary Interpreters & Translators
Continuing Education Policy
1. The Texas Association of Judiciary Interpreters & Translators (TAJIT) offers continuing education for court interpreters in order to fulfill the goals established in Article II of its By-laws as stated below:
ARTICLE TWO: Goals
This Association is organized as a nonprofit entity with the following objectives:
* To formulate, promote and advance professional and ethical standards of practice.
* To promote and provide the opportunity for professional development.
* To promote and provide interaction among peers as well as professional relationships and cooperation with other professional associations.
* To further the interests of the profession.
* To hold periodic meetings.
* To encourage, assist and mentor future interpreters and translators.
2. All TAJIT conferences and continuing education courses will be conducted in accordance with the highest standards of excellence and ethics. The Education Committee is responsible for assuring that instructors are selected with abilities and experience adequate to this task.
3. Instructors for TAJIT conferences normally will have: certification of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and/or NAJIT as well as at least a bachelor degree from a U.S. university or an equivalent degree from a foreign university and at least five years experience in translation, interpreting, or the equivalent professional experience relevant to their subject. Experts in particular subjects and exceptional individuals who do not meet these criteria may be authorized to present when, in the judgment of the Education Committee, their qualifications are sufficient to merit such approval.
4. Attendees at courses requesting continuing education credit will be required to verify their identity during using photo identification if personally unknown to the instructor. Participants will be required to sign in at the beginning and sign out at the end of each activity. TAJIT will maintain a roster of attendance including full name and certification or registration number of each interpreter participating in the activity.
5. A signed certificate of completion will be issued upon successful completion of the course according to TAJIT standards, either at the time of the event or by subsequent mail. This certificate will specify the exact number of continuing education credit hours earned. This certificate will be written so as to ensure that it cannot be construed as constituting interpreter certification.
6. Punctuality is required for all TAJIT educational sessions. Presenters will be briefed on TAJIT requirements and all conference attendees will be informed that timely attendance is necessary. No credit will be issued to attendees who arrive at a session more than 15 minutes past the opening time for any course lasting more than one hour. No credit will be issued to attendees who arrive late at a 60-minute session.
7. TAJIT will provide and collect continuing education evaluation forms from all attendees and will maintain a copy of said evaluations for a period of three years from the time of the continuing education event.
8. Conference and workshops for which there is inadequate enrollment may be canceled at TAJIT’s sole discretion.
9. In case an instructor is unable to offer a planned workshop or educational session, TAJIT will endeavor to provide a suitably qualified substitute or will cancel the session.
10. Refunds for TAJIT conferences are given only if the request is received by the established refund date. [see below] However, in cases of extreme personal hardship an exceptional refund may sometimes be granted past the established refund date, at the discretion of the headquarters office. Substitutions are permitted.
11. Representatives of state offices of interpreter continuing education will be offered the opportunity to attend TAJIT conferences and verify TAJIT standards at no cost.
Workshop Administration & Cancellation Policies
1. All participants must sign in at the beginning of the workshop, participant may be asked to show an ID.
2. If the workshop last more than 1 day, all participants must sign in at the beginning of every day of the workshop.
3. If the workshop is cancelled by TAJIT, all registered participants will be reimbursed all registration fees paid.
4. If participant cancels, more than one week before workshop, the registration fee except a $25 processing fee will be reimbursed.
5. If participant cancels, less than one week but more than 2 days before workshop, one half of the registration fee will be reimbursed.
6. If participant cancels 2 days before the workshop or less no fees will be reimbursed.
7. Participants are required to attend and participate in the entire workshop.