You may have seen an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter at work in a hospital, school classroom, at a podium interpreting for a crowd, and wondered how to pursue a career in this rewarding field.  MasterWord is glad to guide you through the steps to obtaining generalist certification as an ASL interpreter.

Industry standards require that you hold a certification in order to practice this profession.  Currently, there are two certifications to consider: state and national certification.  Candidates for certification are free to choose which path they would like to take, as both are valid and acceptable.

For national certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the candidate must hold a four year bachelor degree before testing, however for certification through the State of Texas BEI, Board of Evaluation for Interpreters, the candidate must only have completed 30 credit hours from a college or university.

Prior to testing, many choose to pursue formal education in interpreter training by attending an Interpreter Training Program (ITP), of which there are many across the nation at community colleges and four year universities.  While these two to four programs do not guarantee certification, they do provide formal instruction in courses such as ASL, deaf culture, and interpreting practice.

For more information and detailed explanations for testing requirements, please follow the links below.

National Interpreter Certification

Texas State Certification (BEI: Board of Evaluation for Interpreters)