Deaf Interpreter Training

Designed specifically for Deaf Individuals who want to become Interpreters

This Deaf Interpreter Training Package consists of 40 hours of training to complete the Knowledge and Performance exams at RID. This package is designed to prepare you for the interpreting industry. It combines necessary requirements to meet RID’s 40 hours of Deaf Interpreter Training courses as well as deep practice exercises.

Topics Covered

Introduction to Interpreting
(8 hours)

RID-NAD’s Code of Professional Conduct
(8 hours)

Process of Interpreting
(8 hours)

ASL Linguistics, platform interpreting, mirror skill, Close Vision interpreting, VGC in medical settings
(8 hours)

Deep Practice, teaming with your HI, international community considerations
(8 hours)

You must attend the entire course to receive full credits.

Class Schedule & Details

Friday, March 8th from 5:00PM to 9:00PM

Saturday, March 9th from 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Sunday, March 10th from 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Friday, May 3rd from 5:00PM to 9:00PM

Saturday, May 4th from 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Sunday, May 5th from 8:00AM to 5:00PM



Meet the Presenters

Alicia McClurkan, CDI

Alicia McClurkan is a Certified Deaf Interpreter from Austin, Texas. She is a native signer from a Deaf family and has two sons. She is a graduate of Austin Community College’s Interpreter Training Program. Currently, she works for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where she travels the country to serve communities that recently experienced a disaster. When not working for FEMA, Alicia is a freelance interpreter working all over the state of Texas. She is on the National Deaf Interpreter board and served on the committee for Deaf Interpreter Conferences I and II.

M. Cody Francisco, M.S., CDI

M. Cody Francisco holds the position as MasterWord’s Senior Advisor for Language Access Solutions and is the only Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) in the Houston, Texas area. He attended Oklahoma State University for his Bachelor’s in Human Resource: Organizational Development. He also attended Rochester Institute of Technology and obtained his Bachelors of Social Work and Master’s in Multidisciplinary Studies with a focus in Deaf Studies and Counseling.


Prior to joining MasterWord, he held leadership positions for a large Video Relay Service provider, Interpreting Agencies, and was a former representative for Region IV of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Cody carries over 16 years of experience in the industry as well as being an adjunct professor for several Interpreter Training Programs in Oklahoma and Texas. He has provided numerous of educational training for legal advocacy and solutions for effective communication, including in Emergency Management Training and Medical Interpreting.

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