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Types of RID Certification

Certification…Ensuring Excellence

RID has developed a certification process that involves passing a series of exams. In order to attain certification, an interpreter must pass a multiple-choice knowledge exam that measures knowledge of a variety of areas from linguistics to ethics to influences on the interpreting process. An interpreter must then pass a performance exam in which interpreting and ethical decision-making skills are assessed by a group of professional peers according to a nationally-recognized standard of competence. If the interpreter meets or exceeds the national standard, they are awarded certification.

Types of Certification

Most RID credentials indicate that an interpreter was assessed and awarded certification by RID. This includes the NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC). However, RID also recognizes credentials assessed and awarded by others organizations. This includes NAD certifications and the EIPA (RID awards the Ed:K-12 for recognition of the EIPA). Before such certificates are recognized by RID, the testing instruments are put through a thorough psychometric evaluation to make sure they are valid and reliable.

All RID certifications are classified into two broad categories:

  • RID Generalist Certifications – Certifications classified as generalist signify skills in a broad range of general interpreting/transliterating assignments. Certifications in this category include the NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) and RID certificates such as CI, CT and NAD Certifications.
  • RID Specialist Certifications – Certifications classified as specialist signify skills in a particular area or specialty of interpretating assignments.

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