West Virginia Registry of Interpreters
The West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is charged with developing and maintaining a current list of all qualified interpreters throughout the state of West Virginia. The WVRI was developed to assist public and private service settings with hiring qualified interpreters for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals utilizing this specific accommodation.
All interpreters working in the state of West Virginia must register. The legislative rule establishing the registry (Code of State Rules, Title 192, Series 3) was passed by the legislature to create a statewide standard for sign language interpreters.
Qualified interpreters are bound to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf’s Code of Professional Conduct
to ensure ethical behavior and professionalism. All interpreters must also maintain a credential, whether it be a national certification, educational certification, or a state screening, to ensure a standard of skill level. These requirements not only help to improve the quality of communication access services for our Deaf and Hard of Hearing community members, but also improve the profession of interpreting.
To register as a qualified interpreter, an application will need to be completed and submitted.
For more information about the registry, please see these documents:
Interpreters are a valuable asset to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community! Together, we can achieve the common goal of providing quality services and accessibility for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing West Virginians.