The RID Certification Moratorium & How to Handle It


In case you missed it, RID announced a moratorium on their credentialing. In layman’s terms: RID is temporarily stopping their certification exam.

Logistically, what that means: “Those wishing to take an RID performance exam will have until October 1, 2015, to apply. Those who apply by the deadline will then have until January 1, 2016, to take the exam.”

So if you want a RID certification, better hop to it.

Let’s dive into the reasons behind the risk assessment. In her press release, RID President Dawn Whitcher cited risk assessment as the reason for the moratorium.

RID Interim Executive Director Anna Witter-Merithew wrote a piece posted on In the piece, she explains what risk assessment means and what’s included in assessing the risk of RID:

“The goal of the Risk Assessment is to try to capture a high-level, big-picture view of the issues. . . . This will be an analysis of the risks and impact of this involvement. There are risks that are fiscal, organizational, administrative, political, legal, and legislative in nature.”

To clarify, WisRID President Christina Destrampe posted a few things about the RID moratorium; one of which was whether the risk assessment would affect the RID test: “No, it will only focus on the program that houses testing and not the actual tests themselves.”

So, though testing is currently off the shelf, those assessing risk at RID aren’t looking at the tests. (Related Article: Introducing 2015 RID’s Keynote: Brandi Rarus)

Destrampe also shares that RID plans to have the assessment completed by November 1, 2015. After the assessment, the RID board will have a better idea how long the testing and certification moratorium will be needed.

One of the questions they’ll be asking? Witter-Merithew writes, “We also know that there exist some philosophical divisions within our membership. Some feel strongly about having testing and certification become autonomous from the current organization – a completely separate organization. They feel there is a conflict of interest in that we provide testing and certification and simultaneously advocate for the hiring of certified interpreters.”

So, if you have a RID certification or are considering one, what do you do?


figure out what your state’s certification policies are. If you’re not sure, you can find that information here.


and most importantly, spend more time getting involved in the Deaf community. More involvement will go a long way in bettering your ASL fluency and ability to interpret for the Deaf.

If you’d like to catch up a little more on the RID moratorium, check out these YouTube videos:

StreetLeverage: RID Announces Moratorium on Certification
StreetLeverage: RID Clarification on Credential Moratorium Announcement
RID: Interim Executive Director Anna Witter-Merithew on Testing and Certification Risk Assessment
NAD: NAD Weighs in on the RID Credentialing Moratorium

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