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What are the requirements for certified court sign language interpreters?

Certified court sign language interpreters are presumed to be the most qualified to interpret in court hearings because of their training, skills, and experience. To qualify as a certified court sign language interpreter, you must complete the following requirements:
(1) The applicant must hold a current certification, either:
(a) Specialist certificate: Legal (SC: L) from the Registry of interpreters for the deaf; or
(b) Registry of interpreters for the deaf (RID) certification and having passed the SC: L written test.
(2) You must undergo a DSHS criminal background check conducted by DSHS back check central unit using DSHS form 09-653 background authorization.
(3) You must complete the Washington courts training provided by the AOC.
(4) You must take an oath of interpreter, as administered by the Washington courts.
(5) You must submit a renewal registration form with ODHH annually by July 1.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 2.42 RCW, RCW 2.42.130, and 2.42.170. WSR 15-01-075, ยง 388-818-530, filed 12/12/14, effective 1/12/15.]
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