OTC (Oral Transliteration Certificate)
Holders of this generalist certification have demonstrated, using silent oral techniques and natural gestures, the ability to transliterate a spoken message from a person who hears to a person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing. They have also demonstrated the ability to understand and repeat the message and intent of the speech and mouth movements of the person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing. This exam has been available since 1999.
Register for the OTC test:
Online – Quick, easy and secure! After logging on to your RID account, simply click on “Register for a Test” in the Testing and CEU Information section and follow the prompts to pay with a VISA or MasterCard. If the exam you want to pay for is not shown, please contact the Certification and Education Department by calling 703-838-0030 and choosing option 5 “Pre-Testing” or E-mail email@example.com.
If you wish to register and pay by postal mail, print out the OTC Exam Application and send completed application with payment and any supporting documentation to:
Attn: Cert & Ed Dept
333 Commerce Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
*Please note that in order to be eligible to take the OTC Performance Exam, you must submit proof of meeting RID's educational requirements. Read more about the educational requirement and the Alternative Pathway to Eligibility here.
Oral performance tests can be taken only by individuals who have passed the OTC written test.
Applicants for the OTC examinations are strongly encouraged but not required to satisfy all of the recommended criteria in at least one of the following categories:
Category #1: Successful completion of at least 50 hours of education specifically in the area of oral transliterating (e.g. oral transliterating workshops) and completion of at least 50 hours of documented experience (supervised or unsupervised) in oral transliterating;
Category #2: Successful completion of an Associate degree (in any field), successful completion of at least 35 hours of education specifically in the area of oral transliterating and at least 50 hours of experience (supervised or unsupervised) in oral transliterating;
Category #3: Successful completion of an Associate degree in interpreting, successful completion of at least 25 hours of education specifically in the area of oral transliterating (credit bearing education, e.g. college course work, or non-credit bearing education, e.g. workshops) and at least 50 hours of experience (supervised or unsupervised) in oral transliterating;
Category #4: Possess any valid RID certification and demonstrate successful completion of at least 25 hours of education specifically in the area of oral transliterating and at least 50 hours of experience (supervised or unsupervised) in oral transliterating.
OTC Test Outline
OTC Rating Scales
OTC Reference list
OTC Candidate Bulletin
**RID reserves the right to modify the eligibility criteria of all RID certification examinations.
Special Accommodations for OTC Exams
RID complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and will accommodate requests from qualified candidates with a diagnosed disability for accommodations if the request is reasonable, properly documented and does not fundamentally alter the examination or jeopardize exam security.
Those requesting accommodations must send a hard-copy application, note the needed accommodations on the application and attach supporting documentation at least 30 days in advance of the scheduled exam date.