Interpreters translate spoken words into sign language for a deaf or hard-of-hearing person and translate sign language for a deaf or hard-of-hearing person into spoken or written words for someone who does not understand sign language. An interpreter may work for a deaf person, a hard-of-hearing and/or hearing person, an entity that provides services for deaf or hard-of-hearing people, or an entity that is obligated to provide communication access under state or federal law. (Possibilities include hospitals, school systems, television stations, court, police station, or candidates for elective office, etc.) The Deaf Services Commission of Iowa (DSCI) has a current list of interpreters that are available to provide services in Iowa.
Code Citation Code of Iowa, Chapters 154E and
Who Applies Any individual who wishes to provide sign language interpreting or transliterating services in Iowa.
When To Apply After completion of application requirements and before practice.
Initial Requirements Completion of educational and examination requirements. See http://idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Sign-Language-Interpreters-and-Transliterators/Licensure/Application-Process-and-Form.
Duration Two years.
Processing Time 4 weeks after all required materials are submitted. Online renewal in real time.
Fee Structure Initial licensure: $120 Temporary licensure: $120 Renewal: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.5.pdf
Renewal Requirements Forty hours of continuing education are required for biennial renewal.
Exam Board approved examination. For options see https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.361.pdf.
Additional Information Any individual who wishes to provide sign language interpreting or transliterating services in Iowa.