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Becoming certified is not only one of the best ways to become a professional interpreter, in most instances it is required. There are many certification types including Medical, Court, and Translation. There are also many different certifying agencies which vary from state to state. most states have specific requirements on which type of certification and from which certifying agency they require for the type of work needed. Below, you can find a list of what you will need to become a certified medical and court interpreter. At this time, the current certified languages for Oregon are:
Spanish, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic, Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, Cantonese, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Illocano, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Portuguese, Tagalog and Turkish
Spanish Russian Korean
Vietnamese Cantonese Mandarin
Proof of oral proficiency in English with one of the following:
Proof of Language proficiency in target language with one of the following:
Arabic Mandarin Spanish
Evidence of English proficiency
Evidence of other language proficiency (documents must be translated into English)
40 hours of healthcare interpreter training
Court Language Access Services (CLAS) Certification and Training Program
FOR SPANISH AND RUSSIAN ONLY
- Arabic - Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian - Cantonese
- French - Haitian Creole - Hmong
- Ilocano - Korean- Laotian
- Mandarin - Polish - Portuguese
- Tagalog - Turkish - Vietnamese
The Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination is offered for Spanish/English testing only.
Phase One Written Examination
Phase Two Oral Examination
RID plays a leading role in establishing a national standard of quality for interpreters. RID certifications are a highly valued asset and provide an independent verification of an interpreter’s knowledge and abilities allowing them to be nationally recognized for the delivery of interpreting services among diverse users of signed and spoken languages. Furthermore, in some states, holding a valid RID certification is required to provide interpreting services.
Each RID credential has unique requirements that must be completed before it can be awarded. Some certifications involve passing a series of exams and others involve submitting documentation of training and experience. In all cases, if the candidate is determined to meet or exceed RID’s national standard, they are awarded certification. Detailed information about these requirements can be found on the corresponding certification page.
RID currently offers two different certifications. In addition, RID currently recognizes certifications that were previously offered by RID, but the exams are no longer available, as well as credentials assessed and awarded by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Individuals who hold NAD credentials that have been previously recognized by RID are considered Certified members of RID.