Attesters

An attester is someone considered to be an expert in ASL linguistics and/or interpreting as a result of a combination of their academic credentials and professional experience, certification(s), bilingual competence in ASL and English, who can attest through independent observation and knowledge a PDIC candidate’s ability to perform specific interpreting tasks with adequate competence. Attesters are approved by RID’s Certification Department upon submission, review and approval of an application and resume. An attester must receive approval before submitting any attestations and affix their assigned attester ID# to their attestations.

In some limited instances, Deaf consumers can serve as attesters related to interpreting services they received directly from a Deaf interpreter.

Qualifications and Areas of Affirmation of Attesters

Attester qualifications fall into one or more of the following categories:

Category 1: A CDI or RSC certified interpreter who has at least 7 years of experience as a practitioner post-certification, and who has at least five (5) years of documented experience serving as an ASL and/or interpreting mentor in an ASL, interpreting or community-based mentoring program can serve as an attester for any of the skill sets up to 4 attestations per PDIC applicant;

Category 2: An RID SC:L certified interpreter who has at least 7 years of experience as a practitioner post-certification and at least five (5) years of experience working as a team with Deaf interpreters can serve as an attester for any of the skill sets up to 4 attestations per PDIC applicant;

Category 3: An RID certified interpreter, who has at least 7 years of experience as a practitioner post-certification, and who has at least five (5) years of experience teaching interpreting coursework at an accredited college or university and has prior experience working with Deaf interpreters can serve as an attester for any of the skill sets up to 3 attestations per PDIC applicant;

Category 4: A Deaf individual certified as an ASL teacher by the American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA), with at least 7 years of university or college-based teaching experience, post-ASLTA certification can serve as an attester for the sight translations and mirror interpreting skill sets up to 3 attestations per PDIC applicant;

Category 5: A Deaf individual with an advanced degree in ASL, linguistics, Deaf Studies, or interpreting, who has demonstrated fluency in American Sign Language, with at least 7 years of teaching experience at a university or college, and has received services rendered by Deaf interpreters can serve as an attester for the sight translations and mirror interpreting skill sets up to 3 attestations per PDIC applicant;

Category 6: A Deaf consumer who directly received services from an eligible applicant for the PDIC can serve as an attester for the sight translations and mirror interpreting skill sets up to 2 attestations per PDIC applicant. You may find the form here.