Interpreter Requirements

At Graham our minimum requirements are set in place to classify Interpreters.  Once an Interpreter is screened we determine their level of competency.  Level I and Level II Interpreters are re-evaluated, upon their request, for consideration of advancement to the next appropriate level.  

Level I - Level I Interpreters have an adequate level of receptive and sign production skill.  They demonstrate a solid vocabulary as well as legible finger spelling ability.  They may be placed at short one-on-one assignments, or longer assignments if paired with a Level II or III Interpreter. They are not eligible for business-related, fast-paced, high-content assignments, platform seminars or lectures, or assignments that require the Interpreter to voice for a Deaf client, i.e. a job interview.

Level II - Level II Interpreters have an excellent level of receptive and sign production skill as well as transliteration. Most Level II Interpreters hold a certification.  The Interpreter is able to work with a broad range of signing styles and has excellent voicing skills.  A Level II Interpreter can handle most assignments, depending on their experience and background.  They are eligible for all assignments, unless they do not hold a required certification.

Level III - Level III Interpreters hold certifications.  These are the highest qualified Interpreters who possess solid voicing and sign production skills.  Level III Interpreters are skilled enough for high level events and technical interpreting, and many have specialties such as an IT, scientific, or legal background.  They have a proven track record for reliable service and professional dress.  These Interpreters are considered first for government contracts, legal, technical, and post-secondary educational assignments.

Our Interpreters provide services in a variety of locations and settings.  It is our standard expectation for Interpreters to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of an assignment and remain at the site for at least 30 minutes in the event the Deaf consumer does not show up.  Our staff will wear proper attire to all assignments and abide by the Code of Conduct established by RID in all settings at all times.  Our Interpreters are able to perform the following:

  • Voice to Sign;
  • Sign to Voice;
  • Interpret Telephone Calls;
  • Provide Cued Speech;
  • Provide Tactile/Deaf Blind Interpretation;
  • Provide CART services:
  • Interpret events including aquatic classes, arts and craft classes, hiking trips, day or overnight camps, board meetings, conferences student theatrical events, concerts, orientations and graduations;
  • Interpret for counseling for mental health, intellectual disabilities, alcohol and drug, family services; and
  • Many other settings and circumstances.

    See our Interpreter Testing and Process

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