Information for PDIC Attesters 2018-10-22T15:23:14+00:00

Attesters

An attester is someone considered to be an expert in ASL linguistics and/or interpreting as a result of a combination of their academic credentials and professional experience, certification(s), bilingual competence in ASL and English, who can attest through independent observation and knowledge a PDIC candidate’s ability to perform specific interpreting tasks with adequate competence. Attesters are approved by RID’s Certification Department upon submission, review and approval of an application and resume. An attester must receive approval before submitting any attestations and affix their assigned attester ID# to their attestations.

In some limited instances, Deaf consumers can serve as attesters related to interpreting services they received directly from a Deaf interpreter.

Qualifications and Areas of Affirmation of Attesters

Attester qualifications fall into one or more of the following categories:

Category 1: A CDI certified interpreter who has at least 7 years of experience as a practitioner post-certification, and who has at least five (5) years of documented experience serving as an ASL and/or interpreting mentor in an ASL, interpreting or community-based mentoring program can serve as an attester for any of the skill sets up to 4 attestations per PDIC applicant;

Category 2: An RID SC:L certified interpreter who has at least 7 years of experience as a practitioner post-certification and at least five (5) years of experience working as a team with Deaf interpreters can serve as an attester for any of the skill sets up to 4 attestations per PDIC applicant;

Category 3: An RID certified interpreter, who has at least 7 years of experience as a practitioner post-certification, and who has at least five (5) years of experience teaching interpreting coursework at an accredited college or university and has prior experience working with Deaf interpreters can serve as an attester for any of the skill sets up to 3 attestations per PDIC applicant;

Category 4: A Deaf individual certified as an ASL teacher by the American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA), with at least 7 years of university or college-based teaching experience, post-ASLTA certification can serve as an attester for the sight translations and mirror interpreting skill sets up to 3 attestations per PDIC applicant;

Category 5: A Deaf individual with an advanced degree in ASL, linguistics, Deaf Studies, or interpreting, who has demonstrated fluency in American Sign Language, with at least 7 years of teaching experience at a university or college, and has received services rendered by Deaf interpreters can serve as an attester for the sight translations and mirror interpreting skill sets up to 3 attestations per PDIC applicant;

Category 6: A Deaf consumer who directly received services from an eligible applicant for the PDIC can serve as an attester for the sight translations and mirror interpreting skill sets up to 2 attestations per PDIC applicant. You may find the form here.

NOTE: A PDIC applicant must have a total of eight (8) attestations from at least two (2) different attesters. Individuals applying to become attesters do so without charge. RID views approved attesters as volunteers who support the work of Deaf interpreters in the community and want to maintain the availability of qualified Deaf interpreters during the period of the CDI performance test moratorium.

If the attester incurs costs and expenses as part of their attestation process, it is the responsibility of the attester and the PDIC candidate to come to a mutual agreement about how those costs should be covered. Any amount paid by the PDIC candidate to the attester should be minimal and tied to actual costs incurred. Any discussion of fees should be agreed upon by both parties before any observations occur.

Conflict of Interest for Attesters

A conflict of interest is a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgment or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest. An individual seeking to be a PDIC attester cannot provide an attestation for an individual who is:

  1. a family member or relative by law,
  2. a contracted interpreter or employee of an entity in which you have a material interest (owner, board member, co-worker),
  3. a personal friend or someone with whom you are or were romantically involved, or
  4. someone you previously taught or mentored, or currently are teaching and/or mentoring.

As well, you cannot serve as an attester if you are currently a rater for any of the RID/CASLI certification tests, or serve as an elected board member of the national board and/or member of the RID Certification Committee or CASLI Testing Committee. Neither can you provide an attestation for an individual from whom you will receive a direct or indirect financial gain in excess of actual expenses. Further, approved attesters are encouraged to decline providing an attestation for any individual with whom they perceive a conflict of interest exists beyond than those indicated in this policy.