Sign Language Interpreting Legislation in Pennsylvania

The Sign Language Interpreter and Transliterator State Registration Act requires interpreters in Pennsylvania to register with the Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH).  In order to register you must hold a current certification approved by ODHH.  Regulations are complete for this Act and are available in PDF or online.  One of these certifications is required to register as specified in the regulations (as of October 2008):

  CSC                              NAD IV (Advanced)

  MCSC                           NAD V (Master)

  CDI                              NIC

  CI                                NIC Advanced

  CT                               NIC Master

Registration fee is $100 for 2 years.  There are some exceptions to the registration requirement.  Contact ODHH for more information regarding interpreter registration.  

Provisional RegistrationAct 124 was signed into law on November 23, 2010.  This law is an amendment to the Sign Language Interpreter and Transliterator State Registration Act.  Act 124 provides for provisional registration if certain criteria are met.  There are restrictions on the settings where interpreters with a provisional registration can work.  If you have questions regarding provisional registration, contact ODHH.  This amendment also deleted former exception #8 which related to interpreters in physicians offices.  Click here to see a summary of the changes Act 124 makes.

K-12 Educational Interpreting:  Chapter 14 Regulations took effect July 1, 2008.

Act 92 of 2006 required the State Board of Education to set standards for K-12 interpreters.  The Chapter 14 Regulations (Section 12.15 Personnel (b) Educational Interpreters) which specify these requirements are now in effect.  Interpreters must either be registered with ODHH as explained above or hold a minimum of a 3.5 on the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) for the appropriate grade level to which the interpreter is assigned.  Interpreters must also complete a minimum of 20 hours of staff development related to interpreting and tranliterating annually.  For further information about the EIPA, see the website:  For information about taking the EIPA here in Pennsylvania, contact the PaTTAN consultants here.


Court Interpreting:  Act 172 Regulations took effect

Act 172 requires interpreters in all Pennsylvania state and district courts to be certified by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC).  Sign Language interpreters must be registered with ODHH, complete a training, and pass a written exam proctored by the AOPC.  More information and a database of AOPC certified interpreters can be found on the AOPC website. To read the AOPC May 1, 2010 Interpreter regulations click here.