The Professional Development Committee advises the RID Board of Directors, and assists RID Headquarters, in the oversight of the policies and standards for the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) and the Associate Continuing Education Tracking (ACET) program.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Frequency of Reports:    Monthly
Cumulative report: March 2019, March 2021

For the 2017-2021 term, the Professional Development Committee is charged with the following:

  1. Element #1: Certification Maintenance Program
    1. Review the Standards and Criteria for compliance with industry norms and for management of online education.
      1. Explore if the RID’s system could be, and should be, recognized as a full member of the International Association of Continuing Education and Tracking (IACET)
      2. Explore ways to manage or document online education and some of the innovative courses interpreters are pursuing today.
      3. Explore effective mechanisms for documenting academic studies.  A professional credentialing system’s education program typically documents continuing education and not degree seeking efforts.
      4. Utilizing the information learned from Element #1. a. , Conduct a major review, revision and update of the CMP/ACET system.
      5. In collaboration with key HQ staff, offer recommendations, to the RID Board, for consideration to enhance, and ensure relevancy, of the program
    2. Review the fees/costs of the program.
      1. Ensure that the program is self sustaining (cost-neutral) per member motion (C93.01)
  1. Element #2: Audit Program
    1. Review, in conjunction with the Board, the proposals from the 2015-2017 PDC.
    2. Ensure that steps are taken to continue to strengthen the Audit Program.
      1. Create a system of auditor groups (separate but in communication with HQ and the PDC), who will conduct regular and ‘spot’-audits to ensure effective functioning of RID’s network of approved sponsors.
      2. Offer recommendations, to the RID Board, for consideration to enhance, and ensure relevance and currency, of the program.
    3. Provide monthly reports to the Board providing the following information (not limited to):
      1. Updates on the audit successes and failures.  Include steps that have been taken to ensure that the successes continue and the failures are addressed.
  1. Element #3: CMP Sponsors
    1. Create and offer regular sponsor training.
      1. Work with HQ staff and key stakeholders to develop training opportunities for sponsors.
      2. Offer regular training sessions- through webinar or in-person- for the purpose of keeping sponsors current on the appropriate management and delivery of sponsorship services to RID members.
    2. Monitor and respond to sponsor questions.
      1. Work with HQ staff to provide regular monitoring of the sponsor list and respond as appropriate to questions, concerns, or issues raised by sponsors.
  1. Element #4: Conference motions
    1. Address C2015.05:
      1. We move that 1.0 of the required 6.0 CEUs under the content area of Professional Studies be training related to topics of Power, Privilege, and Oppression.  Be it further moved that the content area of Professional Studies include as a fourth category the topic of Power, Privilege, and Oppression.  Be it further moved that the PDC will work with representatives from the Diversity Council, Deaf Advisory Council, Council of Elders, and Member Section leaders to identify the scope of topics to be included under the Professional Studies category of Power, Privilege, and Oppression.
    2. Work with the Pro Bono Ad Hoc Committee in their charge to address conference C2015.06:
      1. Move that the RID Board of Directors establish an ad hoc committee to include representatives from the authors of this motion, a representative from the PDC, certified members, community stakeholders, including people who are not yet in support of this idea, to investigate the implementation of a system to document ProBono hours for members (certified and associate) during their four year cycle; Be it further moved that this committee shall be comprised of no less than 50% Deaf members.