While it’s true that demand for qualified ASL-English interpreters remains high and has increased steadily — it’s equally important for students to appreciate the years of persistence and dedication required to become a fully certified, in-demand ASL-English interpreter.
The National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers offers new students a great overview of what it takes to succeed as a ASL-English interpreter.
The William Woods University online ASL Degree satisfies the rules of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) that require a four-year degree for anyone wishing to become nationally certified.
RID offers this getting started overview.
RID certifications cover a range of abilities and experience. Likewise, the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing coordinates a range of certification tests and levels. The levels include: Novice, Apprentice, Intermediate, Advanced, Comprehensive RCED (General), RCED (K-6), RCED (7-12), and PCED.