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Reinstatement Policy

Have you let your certified membership lapse but would like to return to certified status? Do you still want to be a member of RID? Following is pertinent information you will need to know about RID’s certified membership reinstatement policy:

Requirements for Maintaining Certification

In order to be considered a certified member in good standing, one must maintain membership in RID and meet the requirements of the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP). Members holding a National Association of the Deaf (NAD) credential must also maintain membership in NAD. Interpreters who were previously certified but let their membership lapse may now apply to have their certificate reinstated.

Ineligibility

Interpreters who do not meet the requirements of the CMP or have remained on Certified: Inactive status for longer than eight years are not eligible for reinstatement. Individuals who have lost their certification due to their involvement in a legal dispute or malfeasance against RID cannot apply for reinstatement under this policy.

Reinstatement Policy

The procedure for reinstatement varies based on the amount of time the interpreter’s membership has been lapsed.

30 Days to One Year Past Due

Any certified member who is more than 30 days late in paying their membership dues of the current fiscal year can be granted reinstatement upon payment of the current fiscal year plus a non-refundable 10% late fee (provided that all CMP and CEU requirements have been maintained). Certification reinstatement will be retroactive to the original date of certification and the member’s CEU cycle and requirements will remain unchanged. Members who fail to meet CMP requirements cannot apply for reinstatement under this provision. (CC99.01)

One to Two Years Past Due

Any certified member whose membership has lapsed for more than one year but not more than two years, due to non-payment of membership dues, can be granted reinstatement upon payment of the dues for two years (previous and current fiscal years) plus a non-refundable 10% late fee (provided that all CMP and CEU requirements have been maintained). Certification reinstatement will be retroactive to the original date of certification and the member’s CEU cycle and requirements will remain unchanged. Members who fail to meet CMP requirements cannot apply for reinstatement under this provision. (CC99.01)

Two to Five Years Past Due

Any certified member whose membership has lapsed for more than two years but not more than five years can apply for reinstatement and will be considered on an individual basis. The opportunity to reinstate after more than two years is available one time only to any interpreter.

Requests for reinstatement of such individuals are rarely approved and only under the most extenuating circumstances. Letters of request for reinstatement must summarize the former member’s ongoing involvement in the interpreting profession during the intervening years by including:

  1. A cover letter explaining why the lapse occurred. In addition, supply supporting documentation, proof of membership history and a verification of former certification, e.g. a photocopy of the certificate or letter awarding certification.
  2. A detailed description of considerable, continued involvement in the field of interpretation proving extensive efforts to remain current in the field.
  3. Documentation of CMP activity e.g. certificates of attendance, transcripts, etc. (averaging 20 hours per year)
  4. A letter of recommendation for reinstatement from at least one certified member in good standing.
  5. Documentation that supports the request (such as medical records, school transcripts, etc.)

Please forward the required information above, along with your payment and completed application form, to RID Headquarters. All application payments will be processed immediately upon receipt. If your application is unable to be approved, your payment, less the non-refundable late fee, will be returned.

The NAD-RID Certification Council reserves the right to grant or deny your request for reinstatement based on the merits of your case. If your request has been approved, you will receive your new certificate stating that you were reinstated (as of the date of the Certification Council’s decision) in the mail. A new membership card and VIEWS, our quarterly publication, will be sent separately.

More Than Five Years

Any certified member whose membership has lapsed for more than five years must retest to become certified.

(Updated 7/06)


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