RID Interpreters

What Are RID Interpreters?

RID stands for “Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.” RID is a professional organization for sign language interpreting which has several functions. Its primary function is to certify interpreters as having an advanced skill level in sign language interpreting. Currently, the main certification offered is “NIC” (National Interpreter Certification), though many RID interpreters have the previous certification offered by RID, which are called CI and CT. The NIC examination includes two sections: a written and an performance section which include an interview. ¬†Currently, to sit for the NIC exam, one must possess a four year bachelor’s degree or higher. However, interpreters who are currently certified with a previous RID certification (i.e. CI or CT) are grandfathered in and allowed to take the current NIC test.Another certification offered by RID for interpreters who are deaf is the Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) Examination. This exam is similar to the NIC in that it has a written and a performance section. Deaf interpreters communicate between sign language interpreters and a deaf person who has minimal language skills or is foreign-born and not familiar with American Sign Language. RID also offers a specialist certified for legal interpreting called SC:L.

Where can I find an RID interpreter?

If you are looking for an RID interpreter, A-Sign Interpreters can provide one for you. We strive to provide the highest quality interpreting services and if you would like to request a sign language interpreter, you can fill out the request form located on the right side of this page.