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Interpreter / CART: Interpreters

How do I get on the referral list at the Interpreter/CART Referral Service?

ANSWER: Contact the Interpreter/CART Referral Specialist to inform them that you are interested to be on the referral list. Please click here for contact information. Also, you might want to read our Interpreter Referral Service Policies and Procedures. Please click "Interpreter Referral Service Policies and Procedures" below.

Interpreter Referral Service Policies and Procedures

 

How do I get a license for interpreting in Rhode Island?

ANSWER: Contact Michael Martineau at the Department of Health, Licensure and Regulation Department, to obtain the application forms to fill out. Her contact information is as follows:

Department of Health
Department of Licensure and Regulation
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 222-2827 (hit zero and asked to be directed to Michael Martineau's office.)

 

How much is the license and when will the license be renewed?

ANSWER: It will cost $50.00 for each license and it is renewed annually starting July 1st.

 

What are the qualifications to become a licensed interpreter in Rhode Island?

ANSWER: Please read the Rules and Regulations developed by the Board of the Interpreters as to how to become qualified for the license.

Rules and Regulations for Licensing Interpreters for the Deaf PDF Document

 

If I don't have the license in RI, will I still be able to work in Rhode Island as an interpreter?

ANSWER: Yes, you are allowed to work in RI up to 25 hours per year as long as you have credible and recognized certification or state screened in interpreting and you are required to register with the RI CDHH office to inform them of how many hours you work in the State of RI 48 hours prior to every job assignment.

Certifications/Screened in Interpreting:

National Interpreter Certification (NIC)
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID)
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
State-Sponsored Screening Program (State-Screened)

Please click here to fill out the form (Non-licensed certified and screened interpreters) PDF Document

 

How to get the Master Pricing Agreement (MPA) to be on State Approved Vendor List?

ANSWER: Contact the Interpreter/CART Referral Specialist to receive the necessary forms to be filled out. Please click here for contact information. or you may open the files below and fill out these forms. After you are done, you may mail them out to us at "CONTACT US".

MPA Application Form PDF Document
W-9 Form PDF Document
Notice of Designation as Independent Contractor PDF Document
State Rate Information PDF Document
The Mileage Policy for Sign Language Interpreters PDF Document
RIVIP Bidder Certification Cover Form PDF Document

 

Why is MPA important?

ANSWER: The MPA allows licensed interpreters to be entered into the state system as independent contractors. Once the necessary paperwork has been submitted, interpreters do not need to supply their credentials, W-9 forms and other contact information unless it changes. The MPA has been on trial for one year and is being evaluated for its efficiency.

How do I determine my rate for the State of Rhode Island?

ANSWER: Please click below for the State rates. These rates are for State paid jobs only. They do not apply to private entities.

State Rate Information PDF Document

 

How do I put down the mileages on MPA?

ANSWER: Please click below for the instructions.

The Mileage Policy for Sign Language Interpreters PDF Document

 

Is there a Professional Interpreter organization in Rhode Island?

ANSWER: Yes, it is the Rhode Island Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and you may go to their website, www.ririd.org. RIRID provides professional development and workshops for interpreters.

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!