National Center for Interpretation Deaf Interpreter Certification Examination

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Title: National Center for Interpretation Deaf Interpreter Certification Examination

 

Invention: The ASL Proficiency Test and Deaf Interpreter Performance Test ensures that deaf interpreters have the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities to competently perform their duties. The qualifications, according to the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers, for a deaf interpreter should include:

  • Cultural mediation skills
  • Knowledge of team interpreting protocols
  • Advanced interpreting proficiency - including mirroring, expansion, and VGC skills
  • The ability to incorporate props and environment into the interpreting process
  • ASL and English and semi- or non-lingual communications systems

 

Background: Deaf interpreters are important in helping a large percentage of deaf or hard of hearing individuals to fully communicate in legal, medical, social service, and other settings. A deaf interpreter often works with a certified hearing interpreter to help them understand the idiosyncratic language of the deaf. Therefore there is a need for a certification to ensure interpreters are of the highest quality.

 

Applications:

  • Translation services
  • Legal services
  • Medical services

 

Advantages:

  • Provides a valid, reliable, and standardized certification exam
  • Increases training opportunities

 

Licensing Manager:

Lewis Humphreys

LewisH@tla.arizona.edu

(520) 626-1213