Sign Language Interpreter Certification

There are a number of organizations that offer sign language interpreter certification, but one of the most recognized and accepted are those offered by RID (The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.). This certification body is the most widely recognized across the U.S. and Canada. RID has been doing this type of certification for 35+ years for sign language interpreters and their testing process is rigorous.

Here are some of the sign language interpreter certifications needed to become a professional interpreter:

  • National Interpreter Certification (NIC) – Certifies that you’re able to translate in both speech and sign language.

 

  • Oral Transliteration Certificate (OTC) – Certifies that you’re able to hear and you can read the body language of both the hearing and deaf to provide more detailed interpretation services.

 

 

  • Specialist Certificate: Legal (SC:L) – Certifies that you’re able to translate in both speech and sign language in a legal setting. You have to demonstrate an understanding of legal terms and their appropriate uses.

 

  • Educational Certificate: K-12 – Certifies that you can teach in grade levels K-12 and interpret signs from students using ASL, MCE, PSE and speech.

 

  • Conditional Legal Interpreting Permit-Relay (CLIP-R) – Certifies that you are deaf or hard of hearing and are qualified to work in a legal setting as a translator.

All of the tests are giving in two parts, a written exam and a demonstration exam. Some of the sign language certifications require you to pass other certifications before you qualify. There are other companies that offer sign language interpreter certification, and some colleges do as well. You only need to look around to find the right program for you.