Professional Deaf Interpreter

There’s a high demand for skilled interpreters for those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Achieving certification as a professional deaf interpreter, while once a potentially difficult process, is now much more simple. The requirements are still strict, in order to maintain the integrity and reputation of the certification itself. But now most of the steps and requirements can be accomplished online, from the convenience of the applicant’s home or office.

In order to apply, it is necessary to establish eligibility for the certification. One must first be able to provide verification that they are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Secondly, verification that one has completed at least eight hours of training on the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Professional Code of Conduct. The documentation requirements are very specific, and it will be necessary to provide proof of dates, locations, and length of the training completed. Finally, the same kind of documentation will be needed to establish prior education in the the role and function of a professional deaf interpreter.

Once these simple requirements have been verified, the test will be administered. After successfully completing the eligibility and testing requirements, a certificate as a professional deaf interpreter can be obtained, certifying the individual to practice deaf interpreting as a profession.

Working with those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can be a challenging, yet fulfilling career for those who are willing to put forth the effort. The entire application process is now much more fast and convenient than in the past. Also, this essential service is in high demand, and a rewarding career now awaits individuals who choose to apply for the certification.