Alternative Pathway to Eligibility as of July 1, 2012

If you do not hold the necessary degree to take your exam, you may apply for the Alternative Pathway.  The Alternative Pathway consists of an Educational Equivalency Application which uses a point system that awards credit for college classes, interpreting experience, and professional development.

Educational Equivalency Application FAQ

Educational Equivalency Application – Bachelors Degree

You may submit this documentation…

  • by emailing
  • by logging into your RID member portal and clicking on “Upload Degree Document.”
  • by postal mail to:

RID, Attn: Certification

333 Commerce Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

*Educational Equivalency applicants will receive an e-mail notification that their account has been updated approximately 7-10 business days after the application is received.

Educational Requirement Motion

At the 2003 RID National Conference, in Chicago, IL, the membership passed motion C2003.05, establishing degree requirements for RID certification candidates.

View entire motion

Update regarding the impact of the moratorium on the educational requirements as they relate to Deaf candidates for certification:

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. However, due to the moratorium, the RID Board of Directors has determined the following adjustment to the implementation to the CDI Performance Exam Educational Requirements: The moratorium began six (6) months before the implementation of the Bachelor’s degree requirement for the CDI Performance Exam (set to be implemented on July 1, 2016). To allow individuals who do not have a degree a fair opport