Four broad categories of Continuing Education Activities have been defined: Sponsor Initiated Activities, Participant Initiated Non-RID Activities (PINRA), Academic Coursework, and Independent Study Activities. All Continuing Education Activities must involve endeavors that exceed the participants’ routine employment responsibilities and/or are not proprietary to one’s employer.

A.        Sponsor Initiated Activities   

Sponsor Initiated Activities are developed by a Sponsor and presented for group instruction or for individual study. Examples include short courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, teleconferences, and distance learning (e.g. continuing education publications, teleconferences, multimedia instruction materials, and programmed learning materials) (See Section VI).

B.         Participant Initiated Non-RID Activities (PINRA)  

Participant Initiated Non-RID Activities (PINRAs) are activities an interpreter/transliterator wishes to attend which are not offered by an RID approved Sponsor.  The activity must be sponsored by an organization with standards specific to its area of expertise.  The activity must have a defined format and clearly identified educational objectives.  If the application to interpreting is unclear, the application should provide a single page or more describing how attending the activity will improve the applicant’s interpreting work. PINRAs include but are not limited to: auditing a college course, non-credit courses at an educational institution, association or corporate trainings (e.g., American Bar Association, Teacher’s Union, and Social Work Association), school district in-service or an organization’s conventions/workshops. Administrative paperwork is processed by the Sponsor. (See Section VII).  NOTE: Participant must apply for approval from a Sponsor prior to the commencement of the activity.

PINRAs should not be used for sponsor initiated activities or group activities.

C.        Academic Coursework   

CEUs may only be awarded for Academic Coursework taken from an accredited institution during the participant’s current cycle.  This accreditation must be recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or in the U.S. or the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education in the European Union.  Any other institution must be reviewed by the Professional Development Committee. Successful completion is defined as receiving at minimum a letter grade of “C” (2.0) or pass for pass/fail courses. NOTE: If the participant is auditing the course or taking it through the continuing education office of the institution, they should contact a Sponsor to complete a Participant Initiated Non-RID Activity Plan (See Section VIII).

D.        Independent Study (I.S.)   

Participants should plan an Independent Study with input from and in consultation with the Sponsor. The Sponsor must review, approve and monitor any Independent Study project.  Examples of successful Independent Study include research, curriculum development, or enhancement projects, study groups, developing effective mentoring strategies or evaluation rubric or the preparation of scientific/clinical materials for publication (See Section IX).  NOTE: Participants must apply for and receive approval from a Sponsor prior to the commencement of the activity.