Apply for the Graduation to Certification Program

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CATIE Center logo with words Graduation to Certification on bottomConsider Applying for the Graduation to Certification program

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Dear Interpreter Education student:
If you are entering your final year of an interpreter training program (or if you graduated in May 2017 or later) consider applying for the Graduation to Certification program with the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University.  Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), the Graduation to Certification program is being created to demonstrate practices that reduce the time between graduation and obtaining RID certification and will be experiential, as well as accessible to people living anywhere in the nation and to those who have other work/life responsibilities.  The program is looking for highly motivated participants who :

  • have the goal of attaining RID certification within 8 months
  • relish challenging work and critical thinking in a supportive yet demanding program
  • plan to work in community settings with adults, not K-12.

The program will require the following from each person accepted in the GTC program:

  • Pre-Assessments and Individual Development Planning:  Based on pre-assessment, you will work with a mentor to develop an individualized plan for your professional development.  During the program, with the support from a mentor and language coach, you will hold yourself accountable for meeting your goals.  Learning activities and programs will be available to you, along with coaching and mentoring.
  • Community Service:  Working with a Deaf mentor or ASL coach and in collaboration a community agency, you will create a service learning project with your local Deaf community to provide authentic connection with deaf people in your area.
  • Language and Interpreting Immersion Experience:  In June 2018, you will come to St. Paul, Minnesota for a week focused on developing language and interpreting competency, as well as building the strength of the community within the cohort.
  • Supervised Placement:  You will be placed with an interpreting agency or organization in your area to do 120 hours of supervised interpreting between September and November.  
  • Community of Practice:  You will be part of a cohort of interpreters working toward certification with the opportunity to connect with each other and provide support for your professional journey.  
  • RID Performance Exam Prep:  You will take part in an online module for preparing for the RID certification exams.
  • Exit Assessments:  You will take a series of assessments, including the RID Certification exam, all at no registration cost to you.  Working with your mentor, you will prepare a professional development plan to continue your learning beyond this program.

If you are interested, here’s what you need to know:

  • The program runs March – December of  2018.  This is not an additional year of schooling.  Rather, this is designed as a framework for beginning your professional interpreting career with added support and challenge.  (You can participate in the program in your final semester.)
  • In our pilot in 2018, 14 participants will be selected.   Candidates need to have graduated from an interpreter education program between May 2017- May 2018; have passed the RID Knowledge Exam; have a bachelor’s degree or an “alternative pathway” through RID; and commit to working with adults.
  • We are working to make participation in the program as affordable as possible.  We recognize that the time commitment of the program will require some sacrifice and we want to make sure that support is in place so that the program works for a diverse range of participants.   
  • The application process will be available on our website ( beginning December 1, 2017.  

For more information about the Graduation to Certification program and how you can be a part of this journey, please visit our website:
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The CATIE Center at St. Catherine University, Graduation to Certification project is funded by the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, #H160C160001.
Although the contents of this post were developed under a grant from the Department of Education, they do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.