Interpreter CEU Processing:

Professional certified interpreters are required to earn 80 hours of training every four years and the training is documented using Continuing Education Units or CEUs.

Content Areas

Professional Studies - A minimum of 6.0 CEUs (60 contact hours) must be related to:

  • Linguistic and cultural studies which include the study of any language or linguistic system, and the study of any specific culture.

  • Theoretical and experiential studies which include the process of interpreting and transliterating theory and skill building activities.

  • Specialization studies which include specialized aspects of interpreting used in settings such as the legal, medical, mental health, and substance abuse recovery fields.

General Studies – There is no general studies (GS) requirement, however only 2.0 CEUs (20 contact hours) can count toward certification maintenance.  This content area includes:

  • Human service and leadership studies which include topics such as leadership skills, public relations, public speaking and community resources.

  • General knowledge studies which include areas less obviously related to the field of interpreting and transliteration but are educationally beneficial to the participant.

PARID has three members who coordinate our CEU programs:

Interim: Cindi Brown  (Sponsor Initiated Activities & PINRAs)

Amanda Moyer(Academic Coursework & Independent Studies)

Sandy Robinson (SWAP program coordinated through Signs of Development) 717-799-3791

Activities that PARID is approved to sponsor:  Click on each option to see the CMP Coordinator contact information, necessary paperwork, and the timelines for submission for each type of activity.

Sponsor Initiated activities are developed by PARID, a PARID District, or another organization/agency that is working with PARID to approve the CEUs.

PINRA (Participant Initiated Non-RID Activity) activities include activities that an interpreter/transliterator wishes to attend but which are not pre-approved to award CEUs for attendance.  The activity must have specific known standards, a documented format, educational objectives, and purpose. .

Academic Coursework - CEUs may be awarded for coursework for college credit taken at an accredited institution during the participant’s current CMP cycle.  This accreditation must be recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  Successful completion is defined as receiving a minimum letter grade of “C” (2.0) or above.

Independent Study- The independent study is designed to meet the needs of practicing professionals who desire an alternative to traditional instructional activities.  Independent study guidelines are provided by RID to sponsors.  With guidance from a sponsor, participants can undertake a self-designed educational experience for the enhancement of skills and knowledge in a specific area.   Under the direction of a sponsor, individuals may design an independent study activity around many of their professional activities. However, independent study credit may not come from participants’ routine employment responsibilities.

The SWAP Program - CEUs are awarded from Signs of Development, an RID approved sponsor, not PARID.

SWAP Program - PARID has a library of WWWorkshops, from Signs of Development for our members to use. This library now offers OVER 18 CEUs – more than enough for 2 RID CMP cycles! These workshops are completed online.

Fees for PARID to sponsor CEUs

  • PARID provides complimentary CEU processing for members (sponsor initiated workshops, PINRA, academic coursework, independent study).  

  • PARID provides complimentary CEU processing for PaTTAN and PA-ASLTA events when CEU processing is requested by the event coordinator.

  • PARID charges a $10 fee per event/form to non-member individuals and organizations to process CEUs.

  • PARID does not process independent study CEUs for non-members.

Submission of Documentation

Documents must be completed and submitted following the times listed for each activity as the approved sponsor has a timeline that must be followed to complete and submit the paperwork to RID.  RID posts activities on transcripts as soon as it is available.  Allow at least 90 days for the paperwork to be completed and CEUs to appear on your transcript.  If it has been more than 90 days since an event and the CEUs are not on your transcript, contact the CMP Coordinator.

PARID is approved by the RID CMP to sponsor Continuing Education Activities.  PARID pays an annual fee to RID for the opportunity to sponsor activities.  RID has very strict requirements that all approved sponsors must follow when approving activities for CEUs.  RID conducts an extensive audit of each approved sponsor every three years.  As a part of this audit process, PARID must submit to the RID Professional Development Committee the paperwork for several activities (sponsor initiated, PINRA, academic coursework, and independent study) that RID randomly selects.   PARID must also complete and submit an in-depth self-evaluation questionnaire.  The RID Professional Development Committee spends several hours reviewing all of the submitted documentation.  Then the RID Professional Development Committee determines if the approved sponsor meets the criteria to continue sponsoring activities.  RID publishes the Standards & Criteria for approved sponsors.  PARID must follow the requirements listed in this publication in order to keep its approved sponsor status


Academic Coursework

CEUs may be awarded for coursework for college credit taken at an accredited institution during the participant’s current CMP cycle. This accreditation must be recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Successful completion is defined as receiving a minimum letter grade of “C” (2.0) or above.


CMP Coordinator

Amanda Moyer, NIC 215-900-3434 cmp2@parid.org


Process to Complete Academic Coursework

  1. Contact the PARID CMP Coordinator to process the Academic Coursework Activity Plan form.

  2. Complete the course. As long as the course is taken during your current CMP cycle, paperwork may be filed anytime during that current cycle

  3. Submit the following documentation to the sponsor:

  • A copy of the course description (this can usually be copied from the college website)

  • A copy of your transcript with a letter grade of "C" or better at the completion of the course

If the course is offered during a semester, the number of CEUs equals 1.5 per semester credit (i.e. a 3 credit course = 4.5 CEUs). If the course is offered during a quarter, the number of CEUs equals 1 per quarter credit (i.e. a 3 credit course = 3 CEUs).


Documents:

Academic Coursework Activity Plan Form


Independent Study

The independent study is designed to meet the needs of practicing professionals who desire an alternative to traditional instructional activities. Independent study guidelines are provided by RID to sponsors. With guidance from a sponsor, participants can undertake a self-designed educational experience for the enhancement of skills and knowledge in a specific area. Under the direction of a sponsor, individuals may design an independent study activity around many of their professional activities. However, independent study credit may not come from participants’ routine employment responsibilities.


CMP Coordinator

Amanda Moyer, 215-900-3434 cmp2@parid.org


What qualifies for an independent study?

  • Research

  • Course instruction

  • Publications – writing articles for VIEWS, the Journal of Interpretation, or other publications

  • Study groups

  • Multi-media instruction

  • Mentorship – both being mentored and mentoring

  • Literature review – RID offers many publications that work for this option

  • Self-study curriculum

  • Other options you may have in mind


Process to Complete an Independent Study


  1. Decide on the activity for which you wish to earn CEUs

  2. At least one month prior to you anticipated start date, contact the PARID CMP Coordinator who processes Independent Studies and discuss your ideas. The CMP Coordinator can help you work out a plan for what you would like to learn, the type of documentation required and the number of CEUs you can earn. You will be asked to respond in writing to a few questions to help map out what you will be doing.

  3. The CMP Coordinator will sign and approve the Independent Study Plan. You may now begin work on the activity (any work done before this point cannot earn CEUs). It is important to document your time and efforts while you work on your activity.

  4. At the completion of the activity, send the CMP Coordinator your report, documentation and other information outlined in the Independent Study Plan. The CMP Coordinator will review the documentation to ensure that it meets the standards and goals agreed upon in the Independent Study Plan.

  5. When satisfied that the project has been completed satisfactorily, the sponsor will fill out the Independent Study Activity Report and send all required paperwork to the national office to be added to your record.


Document for the Independent Study Plan


Independent Study Plan


PINRA (Participant Initiated Non-RID Activity)


PINRA activities include events/seminars that an interpreter/transliterator wishes to attend but are not offered by an RID approved sponsor and are not pre-approved to award CEUs for attendance. The activity must have specific known standards, a documented format, educational objectives, and a purpose.


Some examples of PINRAs are:

  • Audited college courses

  • Non-credit courses at an educational institution

  • Corporate trainings

  • Community education

  • School district in-services

  • Organizational conventions/seminars

CMP Coordinator

Interim: Cindi Brown, CI,CT cmp@parid.org


Process to Complete a PINRA

  1. Obtain information about the conference, workshop or seminar you want to attend.

  2. Contact the PARID CMP Coordinator prior to the commencement of the activity. Keep in mind that PARID’s CMP Coordinators have full-time jobs other than their work as sponsors. Please do not call the PARID CMP Coordinator the day before an activity. You might be disappointed to find that the sponsor will not be able to sponsor that event for you.

  3. The PARID CMP Coordinator will discuss the PINRA with you to determine whether it is CEU-worthy, in which category the activity will fall (general studies vs. professional studies), and how many CEUs can be awarded for the activity. She will send you a PINRA form to complete. Note: it is the CMP Coordinator’s right and responsibility to secure the necessary documentation from the CEU requestor to properly sponsor the activity according to the CMP Standards & Criteria.

  4. Attend the conference or seminar and collect the appropriate documentation. Send the sponsor the following proof of attendance once the activity is completed.

  5. Attendance Verification Form for PINRA

  6. One handout from the event

Documents for PINRA applicants:

PINRA Form

Attendance Verification Form for PINRA


Sponsor Initiated Activities

Sponsor Initiated activities are developed by PARID, a PARID District, or another organization that is working with PARID to approve the CEUs.


CMP Coordinator

Interim: Cindi Brown, CI, CT cmp@parid.org


Submit the following completed paperwork to the PARID CMP Coordinator at least 45 days prior to the start of the event:

  1. Completed Instructor Form

  2. Completed Sponsor Form

  3. Promotional Materials (Event Flyer and Registration Form) – must include the following items:

  4. RID CMP and/or ACET logos

  5. Knowledge Level

  6. Content Area

  7. This statement “PARID is approved by the RID CMP to sponsor continuing education activities. This program is offered for [# of CEUs] CEUs in [Content Area]. Participants should have [Knowledge Level] knowledge of the topic.”

  8. Information on the educational objectives of the activity.

  9. Target audience as described in the continuing education activity plan (Instructor Form)

  10. Cancellation policy or contact information to get the cancellation policy

  11. Refund policy or contact information to get the refund policy

  12. Solicitation for reasonable accommodations or contact information to request a reasonable accommodation.

Submit the following completed paperwork within 30 days of the conclusion of the event:

  1. Activity report form

  2. Participant evaluation forms

  3. Evaluation summary form

  4. Copy of all handouts and powerpoint presentations used

  5. Copy of the agenda for the event

Documents for Sponsors:

Instructor Form

Sponsor Form

Promotional Materials Check List





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