Certified Deaf Interpreter

At A-Sign Interpreters we provide certified deaf interpreter services. If you or your organization is in need of a certified deaf interpreter, please fill out an interpreter request form.

How to Become a Certified Deaf Interpreter

Those looking to become a certified deaf interpreter must complete a total of sixteen hours of training. This training is broken down into two parts: eight hours in learning about and understanding the code of conduct for interpreters, and eight hours on the meaning of becoming a deaf, or hard of hearing interpreter. The next part of the process is to complete both a knowledge, or written, and performance test. Only those who have passed the written exam can advance to the performance exam. All people who want to be certified must meet all eligibility requirements: verification of a loss of hearing, and the sixteen hour training requirement.
It is strongly recommended that all people seeking certification have a High School Diploma, or GED, for the sake of employment. Though receiving your certification does not automatically guarantee employment, most employers require their employees to have a diploma or GED.

Some of the Settings For a Certified Deaf Interpreter

Certified Deaf Interpreters work in a wide variety of settings. Typically, they will be interpreting for a deaf person with minimal language skills or a foreign-born deaf people that is unfamiliar with American Sign Language. Certified Deaf Interpreters are very important in law enforcement settings to ensure that the Deaf person does not misunderstand the Miranda Rights or questions in a police interrogation. They are also very important in interpreting in medical examinations or in government settings such as Social Security offices to make sure that complicated eligibility requirements for benefits are communicated properly. Deaf interpreting as a profession is a relatively new field, ensuring that there will be continual advancements in the field over the next few generations.