Court Interpreting Master Class for Spanish Interpreters

Our Master Class is a dream turned reality. Already shown to significantly increase students’ chances of passing their exams, this course is the product of many hours of hard work with Athena of Athena Sky Interpreting and Virginia Valencia of Interpretrain. Our goal is to provide you with the tools we didn’t have when we were studying for certification. We provide an effective study environment, along with structure and accountability, for Spanish interpreters hoping to pass a certification or level up their skills. We will foster the skills you need to build your own self-study toolbox, equipping you with the know-how to achieve excellence in the profession and helping you to be calm, confident and fully prepared on test day.

Through a rigorous interview process, we are carefully curating a group of disciplined and motivated students who will bring their best selves to the table. We are ONLY accepting disciplined candidates with a good work ethic. Register today and if you are selected, we’ll have an interview to determine whether you would be a good Master Class fit. For a little video teaser, click here. We look forward to receiving your application!

About Our Program

Are you a Spanish interpreter struggling to level up your skills? Join us in February 2024 for ten weeks of intensive interpreting study to prepare for professional success and certification.

Live Classes

Live instructor-led courses will be complemented with individual and group study. You will receive guidance on reaching expert levels of proficiency for all three modes of interpreting.

Holistic environment

You will also prepare for the mental challenge of managing the difficult and stressful interpretation exam in a collaborative, supportive environment, using proven breathing, confidence-building and self-care techniques.

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Instructor interaction

Our objective is to guide you on your journey. Your instructor will facilitate productive feedback sessions between you and your peers. Your questions and challenges will be addressed with the group on your class forum and during the classes themselves. Additionally, while you are practicing in class, you will take turns receiving feedback. Finally, you will be given the opportunity to select a portion of your mock exam to submit for detailed, individualized feedback.

During this course we will:

  • Begin with the basic building blocks of interpreting: Attentive listening, critical analysis and eloquent delivery.
  • Conduct an intensive immersion in note-taking skills (a portion of the test and an area where interpreters tend to struggle the most)
  • Systematically work our way through specially selected portions of Interpretrain’s State Oral Exam Training Program (55 study labs adapted from real courtroom proceedings)
  • Practice with terminology drills (audio exercises, quizzes, and games) to master highly specialized court vocabulary
  • Interpret the same practice at slower, then faster speeds (up to 140 words per minute), to progressively increase your pace in the Simultaneous Mode
  • Gradually tackle longer chunks of speech in the Consecutive Mode, until being able to accurately render 45-55 word chunks
  • Sight translate real court documents (from the U.S and from jurisdictions around the world where Spanish is spoken) while learning the most effective method to markedly increase your accuracy in this mode
  • Meet with ES-EN legal interpreters, giving each other feedback in class and in smaller group study sessions
  • Facilitate detailed self-evaluations of each practice, providing you a numerical score
  • Cover vital test-taking tips and holistic methods to manage your stress, so you can shine under the most difficult test conditions
  • Issue a completion certificate to everyone who successfully finishes the course.

Current Class Schedule

Dates: Mondays Feb 12-April 15, 8pm-10pm EST 

Mondays: Live instructor-led classes 

Tuesdays: Solo study 

Wednesdays: Live classes (February 14 and 21)/Solo study

Thursdays: Solo study/Study hall “pods”

Whenever you have individual or group study time, you are welcome to go by a different schedule. You should budget a minimum of three 2-hour sessions a week outside of class.

Online Campus

Live Online Classes

Held through Zoom.

Recording link given within 48 hours of each class.

Online Platform

Access all materials, including vocabulary practice and the forum, through our exclusive online platform! Your account will be valid for one year so you can review the materials after the class has concluded. Access to the Interpretrain Mobile App is included with your materials and will begin once the course commences. 

Study hall pods

Partway through the course, you will be assigned to your online study “pod” based on your location and individual experience and needs. Your pod will be your team, giving you crucial feedback, offering moral support and holding you accountable. You will meet weekly for practice sessions and feedback. The invaluable comradery provided by your study pod will play a leading role on your path to success!


Interpretrain’s 3-Step Method™ and Why It Will Work for You

Included in your tuition
When you pay your tuition for the Court Interpreting Master Class, you are paying for instructor time and a curated, detailed lesson plan that will guide you step by step on your journey. As a bonus, students are given a full year of access to Interpretrain’s State Oral Exam Training Program which includes their new note-taking training material. (If you already own these materials, do not worry–you are still getting an incredible value for what you are buying.)

Perfect for test preparation
State court interpreter oral exams require you to perform several complex mental processes very quickly, with a high degree of accuracy, and all at the same time.
With Interpretrain’s 3-Step Method™, you will master each of these tasks separately, and then learn how to successfully execute them simultaneously.

Learn to expect the unexpected
The state oral exam is ultimately a test not of vocabulary or particular topics, but of skill. To that end, your course has been created to be a skills-building journey, with particular emphasis on technique, vocabulary, and holistic mindset. Not every exercise will resemble the test, but that is purposeful–many students fail because they do not realize that studying for the exam is like studying for a marathon. You need warm-ups, cardio, strength-training…the works. That said, we do believe that familiarity with the exam format is important, and there will be exercises that closely resemble the test itself in order for you to experience it firsthand.

Keep up the training even after class has ended
Once you complete the course, you will still have a plethora of study materials at your disposal in order to apply what you have learned through continued individual and group studies. By then you’ll have the toolbox. It’ll be up to you to use the tools! 



Athena Matilsky

Lead Instructor

  • Federally Certified Court Interpreter (ES-EN)
  • State Approved Court Interpreter (FR-EN)
  • Certified Healthcare Interpreter (ES-EN)
  • Master’s in Conference Interpreting


Athena holds a BA in Spanish interpreting and translation from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Conference Interpreting from Glendon College, York University. In the past decade, she has worked as a freelance interpreter and staff interpreter for the NJ judiciary. She owns Athena Sky Interpreting and trains candidates for the state and federal interpreting exams. When she is not teaching and interpreting, you may find her practicing Acroyoga or studying French.

Virginia Valencia

Materials Mastermind

  • Federally Certified Court Interpreter (ES-EN)
  • CA, NY, and NJ State Approved Court Interpreter (ES-EN)
  • Professional Psychologist
  • Published Author of Interpreter Training Materials
  • Over 20 years of teaching experience


Virginia became an interpreter in 2003 and has worked in the fields of legal, medical, and conference interpretation. She holds a Combined Certificate in Translation and Interpretation Studies (Hunter College, 2004). In 2012, Virginia and her husband, Brad Wilk, founded Interpretrain. She currently lives in California, where she teaches, develops new materials, and works as an interpreter.

Jennifer Riebeling-Moskowitz

Accountability Ally

  • NC Certified Spanish Court Interpreter
  • Freelance interpreter with over 15 years of experience
  • BA in Criminal Justice

Jennifer is a Master Class alumnus who rejoins us now to offer guided study sessions, extra feedback and moral support. She was born in Mexico City and has lived in the United States since the age of 9. She began her exploration in this career as a medical interpreter and loved everything about it. The experience encouraged her to study to obtain the certification to become a court interpreter. Her work is her passion.

“I have learned that it takes experience, motivation, and endless studying to continue growing as an interpreter. Studying alone is good sometimes, but a network makes a HUGE difference. Interpreters need each other and learn from each other. My goals include reaching Master Level Certification in NC and eventually taking the FCICE. Slow but steady wins the race!”

Program Details


Your path toward success begins with your application. This is a three step process:

  1. Application
  2. Interview
  3. Registration

If you are a dedicated student who will commit to following our rigorous training schedule, you’ll be selected for an interview. Once you have demonstrated that you would be a good fit for our program, you will be invited to register!

Note: The admissions period for our spring 2024 Master Class has now concluded. You may apply below in anticipation of our next Master Class, and we will reach out to you when admissions begins. 


Once you have been accepted into the program, you will be invited to complete registration and pay your tuition. Please note that there is no payment plan available for late admissions. All sales are final.

Tuition: TBD

Code of Conduct

As a Master Class student, you will be expected to:

  • Attend online classes, or review the recordings the week they are posted (Missed classes allowed for emergencies only)
  • Complete  solo assignments on time
  • Meet weekly with your pod to complete team assignments
  • Treat instructor and fellow classmates with dignity and respect in oral and written communications

If you do not comply with the code of conduct, Athena Sky Interpreting reserves the right to relinquish your seat in the program without a refund.

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