RID Announces Major Development for the NIC Testing Platform
RID focuses on changes to heighten the candidate’s experience
Signed Video Announcement>>
Monday, May 20, 2013 – Alexandria, VA – The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) is excited to announce the launch of a new testing platform for the National Association of the Deaf (NAD)-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Interview and Performance Exam that will deliver substantially faster results, increase the number of testing sites from 45 to 150 and provide additional measures of security of the exam materials and anonymity of the exam candidates.
RID has contracted with McCann Associates to develop a new platform to administer the NAD-RID NIC performance exams at their network of testing sites, using an Internet-based solution. The NAD-RID NIC Interview and Performance Exam will be migrated to this new platform, which is anticipated to deploy no later than July 1, 2013. Read more>>
Building Value in Certification: A Status Report on the Enhanced NIC Interview and Performance Examination
By Clarence “Buck” Chaffee, President of The Caviart Group, LLC
In July 2011, NAD and RID announced that the Boards of both organizations had approved a plan for developing the next generation of NIC Certification. The stated purpose of the changes was “to strengthen the effectiveness and increase the value of the NIC credential.” Since that announcement, a number of changes have been implemented: a national study (pre-Job/Task Analysis survey) of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing consumers of interpreting services was conducted;the enhanced NIC Interview and Performance Examination was launched;and a new interview and performance examination scoring process was implemented.
So now, nearly a year after the enhancements were announced, the time has come to assess how the program is doing.Have these changes done what they were purported to do? Is the NIC credential more effective and more valuable as promised and, if so, how can anyone tell? Read more>>
DECEMBER 1 MARKS THE NEXT STEP FORWARD FOR THE NIC!
NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) News October 2011 Update
• New Scoring Process Implementation Date Announced
• Pre-Job Task Analysis Survey (Deadline October 24, 2011)
On December 1, 2011, the enhanced, streamlined, single-level NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Examination will go into effect. As announced at the RID National Conference in July, the enhanced examination will have the same content as the current NIC, but the content will be reformatted to focus more closely on critical interpreting skills.New scoring techniques designed to increase the accuracy, consistency and reliability of the examination scoring will also be introduced with this enhanced test. In addition to more effectively measuring the competency of exam candidates, the new scoring process will allow RID to provide exam results in signi
ficantly less time than before. The enhanced NIC will be administered at the same supersite locations currently available. Read more>>
RID and NAD Embark on NIC Enhancement Process
Credential to Reflect Feedback from Members and Consumers, Best Practices, and New Testing Techniques and Technologies
Signed Press Release>>
JULY 19, 2011 - ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) today announced that they are moving forward to enhance the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) credential. RID is proceeding expeditiously to implement enhancements that will strengthen the effectiveness and increase the value of the NIC credential for all stakeholders.
The multi-year plan begins later this year, when RID will implement a new NIC scoring process that will shift the credential to a one-level scoring format. The revisions will take advantage of new testing techniques and technologies to increase the accuracy, consistency and reliability of the scoring process and effectively measure the competency of applicants. In addition, the new system will allow RID to provide NIC exam results substantially faster. Read more>>
RID Launches Comprehensive Review of the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Examination
October 26, 2009 — Alexandria, VA — The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), in conjunction with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), is pleased to announce the launch of the first of a series of meetings for a comprehensive review of the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) examination occurred on October 10-11, 2009, at the RID national office. Read more>>
NIC Task Force page>>