Interpreting Licensure

Last Updated; December 18, 2012

HIRING INTERPRETERS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Individuals who are compensated for providing interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing people must be licensed with the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing and Registration (OLR).

Licensed interpreters are issued a wallet sized identification card. It is good practice to document the identifying number on paperwork related to the interpreted encounter.

All licensed interpreters shall make available to the consumer and hiring party the OLR’s Disclosure form that includes photo, signature, current licenses and training.

LIMITED LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

Interpreters must provide to the Office of Licensing and Registration proof that they have attained:

18 years of age.
A high school diploma or equivalent.
A sworn, signed statement that the applicant has read, understands, and agrees to abide by the Code of Ethics of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.
100 hours of training, by an approved body, in American Sign Language (ASL), or a letter attesting the ASL skill is equal to 100 + hours of instruction.
100 hours of training in the interpreting process, Deaf Culture, and ethics within the past five years.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

(Advanced level of Interpreting) Numbers 1, 2 and 3 above AND:

Provide documented proof of certification by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., or, documented proof of a minimum certification level of 4 from the National Association of the Deaf, Inc.

DEFINITIONS

Interpreting Interpreting, simply stated, is receiving a message in one language and delivering it in another. Interpreting is a complex process that requires a high degree of linguistic, cognitive and technical skills.

Deaf People Deaf people are those people whose sense of hearing is nonfunctional for the purpose of communication and whose primary means of communication is visual or tactile.

Hard of Hearing Hard of Hearing are those people who have a functional hearing loss, who may or may not primarily use visual and tactile communication and who may or may not use assistive listening devices.

For a list of Licensed & Limited Licensed Interpreters, and/or information on licensing fees and how to apply for licensing as an interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing people, contact the:

Office of Licensing and Registration
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035

207 624-8603 (V)
TTY Users Call Maine Relay 711

Jennifer Hawk
207 624-8617 (V)
Email: Jennifer.M.Hawk@maine.gov
or
Marlene McFadden
207 624-8624 (V)
Email: marlene.m.mcfadden@maine.gov




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