Interpreting in North Carolina

Here is a list of resources that might help you learn a little bit about the profession of interpreting, the requirements to work as an interpreter, and also the specific rules and laws about working as an interpreter here in NC:

  • The North Carolina Interpreter and Transliterator Licensing Board

    • This board is responsible for licensing interpreters and transliterators working in NC

    • Anyone working as an interpreter (except in religious or education settings) must hold a valid license from this board

    • On top of some general informational requirements, provisional licensees are required to have either some interpreting credential, a good level of interpreting experience, or at least a 2-year degree related to interpreting

    • Provisional licenses are time-limited, and within a few years licensees are required to graduate to a full license by attaining another level of credential

    • You can also look around on their website for various information, such as meeting minutes, frequently asked questions, and other information which you may find beneficial

  • The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

    • This is the professional organization for interpreters nationally, and their website has a lot of various resources about interpreting

    • This is a general page with information on becoming and interpreter and some resources that might be beneficial

  • The North Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

    • This is the state chapter of the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

    • You do not at all have to be a member of this group, but their website has some information about the interpreting field in NC and you may find resources there, such as this document designed to provide interpreters moving from other states information about NC

Both because of the specific degree requirements related to getting an interpreting license or national certification, as well as the high level of skills and fluency required to work as an interpreter, most people looking to enter the profession do so by going to a college or university which has a degree program related to interpreting. Schools in NC with interpreting programs: