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Independent Study

Independent Study is a self-designed educational experience for the enhancement of skills and knowledge in a specific area.  An interpreter may submit a request for PARID to pre-approve the independent study for RID CEUs on an individual basis. 

PARID Processing Fees:

CertifiedPARID Members - Complimentary

Associate PARID Members - Not Applicable

Organizational PARID Members - Not Applicable

Student PARID Members - Not Applicable

Supporting PARID Members - Not Applicable

Non-PARID Members - Not Applicable

What qualifies for an independent study?
Course instruction
Publications – writing articles for VIEWS, the Journal of Interpretation, or other publications
Study groups
Multimedia 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 for Independent Study

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

  2. At least one month prior to your anticipated start date, submit the Independent Study plan to

    • If you have questions about your idea for an independent study, contact the PARID CMP Coordinator. 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 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 for the activity to be added to your record.

  6. The maximum number of CEUs that can be earned per Independent Study is 2.0 GS/PS.

  7. An Independent Study must be completed within 1 year of the approval date.

  8. Independent Studies, being a non-traditional way of earning CEUs, follow a different ratio of time spent on the activity to CEUs granted.

    • Most Independent Studies, while some of the most worthwhile educational experiences for interpreters, do not have the same documented value as traditional classroom or workshop studies. In the former, the participant is designing and exploring the educational content; in the latter the instructor has already completed most of this development work and delivers the most salient pieces for learning.  In activities where the method of educational delivery does not lend itself to easy translation or calculation of CEUs, the Sponsor shall specify the method of determining the number of CEUs awarded for the Independent Study Activity. The RID PDC reserves the right to evaluate and determine the appropriateness of the number of CEUs assigned. It is a very rare situation where the Independent Study would qualify as an hour of work for every 0.1 CEU earned.  

Independent Study Plan

PARID is approved by the RID CMP to approve Continuing Education Activities.

Contact for questions.

 PA Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PARID)  

744 South Street #750    Philadelphia PA 19147

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