Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 71
Licensure of Interpreters for the Deaf

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-71-8

§ 5-71-8. Qualifications of applicants for licenses.

(a) To be eligible for licensure by the board as an interpreter for the deaf or transliterator, the applicant must submit written evidence on forms furnished by the department that the applicant meets all of the following requirements:

(1) Is of good moral character;

(2) Meets the screened requirements as defined in regulations promulgated by the department or meets the certification requirements set forth by RID or its successor agency approved by the department in consultation with the board;

(3) Pays the department a license fee as set forth in § 23-1-54;

(4) Adheres to the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) code of professional conduct; and

(5) Provides verification of a background check with the bureau of criminal investigation in the office of attorney general at the time of the initial application for license.

(b) To be eligible for licensure by the board as an educational interpreter for the deaf, the applicant must meet all of the requirements as described in subsection (a) and must further present proof of successful completion of the educational interpreter performance assessment (EIPA), written and performance tests, or a similar test as approved by the board, at a performance level established by the board.

(c) An individual whose license, certification, permit, or equivalent form of permission issued within another state has been revoked, suspended, or currently placed on probation shall not be eligible for consideration for licensure unless they have first disclosed to the department about such disciplinary actions.

History of Section.
P.L. 1996, ch. 151, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 77, art. 14, § 27; P.L. 2006, ch. 261, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 277, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 73, art. 39, § 24; P.L. 2011, ch. 160, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 169, § 1; P.L. 2012, ch. 241, art. 9, § 28; P.L. 2015, ch. 164, § 2; P.L. 2015, ch. 188, § 2; P.L. 2016, ch. 511, art. 1, § 4; P.L. 2022, ch. 231, art. 3, § 5, effective June 27, 2022.