RID Certifications

RID Certification Programs

The excerpts below are descriptions of the primary certifications offered by RID.  Click on the links for each category for more information, or visit http://rid.org/education/testing/index.cfm

Individuals who have achieved NIC certification are nationally-certified interpreters.

The NIC Examination tests interpreting knowledge and skills in three critical domains:

 

  1. General knowledge of the field of interpreting through the NIC Knowledge Exam;
  2. Ethical decision making through the interview portion of the NIC Interview and Performance Exam; and
  3. Interpreting skills through the NIC Interview and Performance Exam.

Candidates earn NIC certification if they demonstrate professional knowledge and skills that meet or exceed the minimum professional standards necessary to perform in a broad range of interpretation and transliteration assignments in all three domains.

The NIC certification process begins with a multiple-choice NIC Knowledge Examination. Candidates who pass the knowledge examination and meet RID’s eligibility requirements may then take the NIC Interview and Performance Examination. The NIC Interview and Performance Examination is a vignette-based assessment using video to deliver and record the assessment.

Anyone who wishes to seek NIC certification should first read the entire NIC Candidate Handbook to ensure a complete understanding of the certification process.

OTC (Oral Transliteration Certificate)

Holders of this generalist certification have demonstrated, using silent oral techniques and natural gestures, the ability to transliterate a spoken message from a person who hears to a person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing. They have also demonstrated the ability to understand and repeat the message and intent of the speech and mouth movements of the person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing. This exam has been available since 1999.

CDI (Certified Deaf Interpreter) Certification

The Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) is a nationally certified interpreter who is deaf or hard of hearing. In addition to proficient communication skills and general interpreter training, the CDI has specialized training and/or experience in the use of gesture, mime, props, drawings and other tools to enhance communication. The CDI has knowledge and understanding of deafness, the Deaf community, and Deaf culture. The CDI possesses native or near-native fluency in American Sign Language.

Holders of this certification are interpreters who:

  • Are deaf or hard-of-hearing
  • Have completed at least eight hours of training on the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct
  • Have completed at least eight hours of training on the role and function of an interpreter who is deaf or hard-of-hearing
  • Meet RID’s educational requirement for deaf exam candidates
  • Have passed both the CDI Knowledge and CDI Performance Exam

Holders of this certificate are recommended for a broad range of assignments where an interpreter who is deaf or hard-of-hearing would be beneficial.This exam has been available since 1998.

SC:L (Specialist Certificate: Legal)

Holders of this specialist certification have demonstrated specialized knowledge of legal settings and greater familiarity with language used in the legal system. These individuals are recommended for a broad range of assignments in the legal setting. This exam has been available since 1998.

 

Ed: K-12 (Educational Certificate: K-12)

Holders of this recognition certification have demonstrated the ability to expressively interpret classroom content and discourse and the ability to receptively interpret student or teen sign language. It is not limited to any one sign language or system. This certification is issued to interpreters who work with students and teenagers who use predominately American Sign Language (ASL), Manually-Coded English (MCE) and Pidgin Sign English (PSE). Holders also demonstrate proficiency in the voice-to-sign and sign-to-voice interpreting skills of interpreters who work in the elementary and secondary school classroom setting.

The examinations for this certification are developed and maintained by the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) and is administered by Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

CLIP-R (Conditional Legal Interpreting Permit-Relay)

Holders of this conditional permit have completed an RID-recognized training program designed for interpreters and transliterators who work in legal settings, and who are also deaf or hard-of-hearing. Generalist certification for interpreters/transliterators who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (RSC or CDI) is required prior to enrollment in the training program. This permit is valid until one year after a legal written and performance test for deaf interpreters becomes available nationally. CLIP-R holders will be required to take and pass the new legal certification examination to maintain certification in the specialized area of interpreting in legal settings. Holders of this conditional permit are recommended for a broad range of assignments in the legal setting. This permit has been available since 1991.