ASL Interpreter

At A-Sign Interpreters we provide ASL interpreters for all kinds of settings. If your organization is looking for an ASL interpreter, please fill out an interpreter request form to receive a free quote for interpreting services.

How to Become an ASL Interpreter

There are several ways that one can become an ASL interpreter. Many ASL interpreters enter this field by first attending an interpreter training program, usually referred to as an “ITP,” at a college or university. ITPs range from two to five year programs and give interpreters the knowledge to work in the profession as well as instruction in how to interpret properly. Other ASL interpreters enter the field after being mentored or are able to work as interpreters because of having deaf parents and are fluent in both English and American Sign Language. To become an ASL interpreter in many states, one must get an ASL interpreter certification which is typically from either RID (National Interpreter Certification), a state Quality Assurance (QA), or an EIPA certification.

Settings for ASL Interpreters

ASL interpreters can work in all kinds of settings. The most common ASL interpreter jobs include those in the legal, government, educational, business, video relay service, and medical settings. Each setting can require specific training before working in it, and in some cases, such as for educational and legal, one can get a certification specific to that field. Educational is probably the most common setting for sign language interpreters to work in because of the legal requirements for educational institutions to provide sign language interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing students. The newest setting to sign language interpreting is video relay service, which began in the early 2000s with the advent of videophone technology. This has greatly increased the demand for RID interpreters and will ensure that the interpreting profession will continue to grow well into the future.