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Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator Screening Service

MCDHH conducts various interpreter quality assurance screenings to evaluate freelance interpreters who are not yet certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) but who may be qualified to interpret in certain settings in Massachusett

MCDHH-approved interpreters are considered entry-level practitioners and are referred to interpret in settings appropriate to their skill level. The MCDHH Interpreter screening approval is valid for 4 years. Interpreters are encouraged to continue to upgrade their skills in order to become certified by the RID.

The screenings we offer are for Non-Deaf Interpreters/Transliterators (ASL/PSE), Deaf Interpreters and Oral Transliterators. All screenings begin with an Interview. If a candidate passes the Interview, they can then apply to take the Performance portion of the screening. If they pass the Performance portion, they are then considered MCDHH Approved Interpreters/Transliterators and can then receive interpreting assignments from the MCDHH Interpreter Referral Service.

The Screenings for ASL/PSE interpreters/transliterators take place ten times per year on the first Friday of the month, September through June. The screenings for Deaf Interpreters take place once or twice per year. Oral Transliteration screenings are held dependent on the number of applicants.

For more information or an application packet any of the MCDHH interpreter screenings, please contact Janice L. Cagan-Teuber at or 617-740-1665 (voice), 617-740-1765 (TTY) or 866-970-7177 (VP).

Sign Language Interpreter Screenings are held the first Friday of the month, from September to June, unless the dates conflict with holy days or holidays, with an additional screening in June to accommodate recent graduates of interpreter training programs.

The interpreter screenings, both for Deaf and hearing applicants include an interview, first, and if the interview is passed, then the applicant would go on to take the performance screening.  If both portions of the screening are passed, the applicant/candidate is then considered an MCDHH Approved Interpreter and is eligible to contract with MCDHH to take advantage of our interpreter referral service in order to build skills and experience to then take the NAD-RID NIC Interpreter Certification Test.

ASL/PSE Screenings:

Sept. 14, 2018

October 5, 2018

November 9, 2018

December 7, 2018

January 4, 2019

February 1, 2019

March 1, 2019

April 5, 2019

May 3, 2019

June 7, 2019

June 17, 2019

June 26, 2019

Deaf Interpreter Screening Schedule:

 October 17, 2018

 December 20, 2018

 February, 11, 2019

 April 17, 2019

 June 12, 2019