The Provisional Deaf Interpreter Credential (PDIC) is a temporary credential that will be awarded to eligible individuals who satisfy all previous requirements to take the CDI Performance test, AND ALSO who submit the required application form and approved attestations of language and interpreting competence. The PDIC is designed to temporarily credential those who have passed the written test associated with the CDI certification, but are unable to take the performance exam because it is in moratorium.
The period of application will end 60 days prior to the new Deaf Interpreter Performance exam being made available. Anyone who meets the qualifications for eligibility up until 60 days prior to the new Deaf Interpreter Performance exam being made available can apply. No further applications will be accepted or approved after 60 days prior to the new Deaf Interpreter Performance exam being made available. The PDIC is not intended as a replacement for the CDI certification, but rather an interim bridge for those individuals currently unable to sit for the performance exam due to the test being on moratorium. All other Deaf interpreters desiring a credential after 60 days prior to the new Deaf Interpreter Performance exam being made available will be required to wait until 1) the new iteration of the Deaf Interpreter Written and Performance exams are available through CASLI and 2) RID resumes awarding the CDI certification.
The PDIC is a temporary credential. It is valid for up to 12 months after the availability of the new Deaf Interpreter Performance exam provided the following standards are upheld:
- The PDIC practitioner renews their membership on time (by June 30) annually;
- The PDIC practitioner complies with the Code of Professional Conduct in all assignments;
- The PDIC practitioner provides evidence of earning a minimum of 2.0 PS (Professional Studies) CEUs annually
The PDIC will only be awarded one time to eligible Deaf interpreters. This means that if an individual loses the PDIC credential for failure to comply with one of the three standards stated above, it cannot be reissued. For example, if a PDIC holder fails to pay their dues on time, the PDIC is forfeited and cannot later be reinstated.
All PDIC credentials will automatically expire and become invalid 12 months after the availability of the new Deaf Interpreter Performance exam or immediately upon a PDIC holder’s achievement of the CDI certification. No extensions will be granted.
PDIC: A provisional credential awarded to a Deaf individual who has satisfied all requirements for eligibility for the CDI Performance exam, and who submits approved attestations of interpreting competence. The temporary credential is valid only until the Deaf Interpreter Performance exam is once again available, provided the individual satisfies the membership and maintenance requirements. Individuals awarded the PDIC will have 12 months post implementation of the new Deaf Interpreter exams to earn the CDI certification. At the end of that 12-month period, all PDIC will expire and can no longer be used as representation of credential and/or competence.
Attester: An individual who possesses the expertise necessary to bear witness to; give proof or evidence of; declare to be correct, true or genuine; or, affirm in an official capacity, the ability of a Deaf interpreter to adequately perform the work of a Deaf interpreter.
Attestation: A formal declaration or attestation of competence to perform the work of a Deaf interpreter with adequacy.
Deaf individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the PDIC.
- Passed the CDI knowledge exam;
- Meet the educational requirements for the CDI certification (currently an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or satisfactory completion of the Alternative Pathway process);
- Submission of the PDIC application no later than 60 days prior to the Deaf Interpreter Performance exam being made available; and
- Submission of eight (8) attestations of competence in accordance with the required skill set categories.
Submit PDIC application and associated documents to the Certification Department:
There are eight (8) attestations total that must be submitted.
- Two (2) affirming your ability to adequately provide sight/text translation
- Two (2) affirming your ability to adequately provide simultaneous interpretation
- Two (2) affirming your ability to adequately provide consecutive interpretation
- Two (2) affirming your ability to adequately provide mirror/platform Interpreting
Upon receipt of all application materials, review and approval will occur within 15 business days and candidates will be notified via email. NOTE: Incomplete or partial applications will not be accepted. All required application materials must be submitted simultaneously.