How to Earn RID CEUs

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Participants must work with an RID-Approved Sponsor to earn CEU credits. You can locate a sponsor by using the RID searchable database. Any RID member may use any sponsor, regardless of location.

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CEU Processing Timeframe

It can take up to 60 days for activities to appear on the attendees’ RID transcripts. If there is a CEU activity that took place more than 60 days ago missing from your transcript, please complete and submit a CEU discrepancy report.

Activities That Earn RID CEUs

The most important strategy in accruing your CEUs is to plan ahead so that you don’t miss key opportunities to earn CEUs.

There are four ways to earn CEUs:

  1. Academic coursework taken from an accredited institution
  2. RID-approved sponsor initiated activities
  3. Participant-initiated non-RID activities (PINRA)
  4. Independent study activities

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The chart below provides more information about these four options. For more details click the side bar on the left.


How to use the option

College Courses
  1. Contact an RID Sponsor to process the appropriate forms
  2. Complete the course
  3. Submit final documentation to the Sponsor

*Can be done retro-active, as long as it is done and completed within that cycle

*Paperwork must be submitted to an RID approved sponsor before the completion of your CMP cycle.

RID Sponsored Workshops
  1. Make sure CEUs for the workshop are offered by an RID Sponsor (look for the CMP logo on the flyers)
  2. Register for and attend the workshop
  3. Sign the Activity Report Form and record the Activity number for your own documentation. (Make sure you have your RID member number)
Non-RID Conferences or Seminars
  1. Obtain information about the conference, workshop or seminar you want to attend
  2. Contact an RID Sponsor prior to attending to process the form
  3. Attend the conference or seminar and collect the appropriate documentation
  4. Send the documentation to the sponsor

*Cannot be done retro-active, must have approved by a sponsor prior to attending

Independent Studies
  1. Devise a plan for what you want to learn (you can ask the Sponsor for help in developing this plan)
  2. Contact a RID Sponsor to process the paperwork
  3. Document your work as you complete the activity
  4. Submit the final product to the Sponsor for approval

*Cannot be done retro-active, must have approved by a sponsor prior beginning the Independent Study

What is the Difference between Professional Studies (PS) and General Studies (GS) CEUs?

Professional Studies  

Professional Studies contain content that directly applies or affects the field of interpreting/ transliterating.  These are areas of investigation that enhance the interpreting process regardless of the setting.  They are studies that deepen the member’s ability to provide excellence through their work. A minimum of 6.0 CEUs must be completed in this section during each Certification Maintenance Cycle.  Examples of Professional Studies topics include, but are not limited to:

Advanced studies of language, culture, and human behavior: languaculture; intracultural and intercultural dynamics; and linguistic systems. Examples include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Studies of Language and Linguistics
    • Structure of ASL
    • Phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics
    • Language variation and language change
    • Sociolinguistics
    • Language and power
    • Language and cognition
    • Language Studies
      • Advanced English development (specialized vocabulary, grammar development, analysis of linguistic register, etc.)
      • Advanced ASL development (specialized vocabulary, grammar development, analysis of linguistic register, etc.)
      • Other advanced languages studies: e.g., Spanish, Japanese, Langue des Signes Francaise (LSF), Deutsche Gebärdensprache (DGS)
  • Languaculture and Cultural Studies (Note: languaculture refers to language mechanics and the use of language, including cultural components that inform the use of language, such as history and traditions. Term attributed to anthropologist Michael Agar.)
  •  Intracultural dynamics
    •  Communication studies (e.g., interpersonal communication)
    •  Studies of group dynamics
    •  Language as power
  •  Cultural Studies
    • Deaf culture
    • American culture
    • Religious Studies
  •  Intercultural dynamics
    • Studies of power, privilege and bias
    • Studies of social justice
    • Cross-cultural studies
    • Minority group dynamics
    • Language domination, suppression and elevation

Theoretical and Experiential Studies: The process of interpreting/transliterating through the application of systems of principles, philosophy, ideas or concepts.    Examples include:

  • History and issues in interpretation and transliteration
  • Theory of interpretation and transliteration
  • Skills development in interpretation and/or transliteration
  • Skills development in consecutive and simultaneous interpretation
  • Professional ethics, etc.

Specialization Studies: Huge growth of the interpreting field has led many interpreters to specialize or focus in one or two settings of specialty. Commonly these are areas such as medical or mental healthcare, legal work or work in education at the K-12 level or in post-secondary