DI exam candidates wishing to test must have a minimum of an Bachelor’s degree (any major) or an approved updated/2012 Alternative Pathway to Eligibility application recorded in their RID account before testing for any CASLI performance-based exam. This applies to ALL CDI exam candidates, including those who already hold RID certification.

At the 2003 RID National Conference, in Chicago, IL, the membership passed motion C2003.05, establishing degree requirements for RID certification candidates. The motion stated the following related specifically to the CDI Performance Exam: Effective June 30, 2016, Deaf candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

The education requirement is currently a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, effective May 17, 2021.

The CASLI Generalist Performance Exam for Deaf interpreters was released November 16, 2020 therefore the date at which the Associate degree requirement became a Bachelor degree requirement was May 17, 2021.