July 29, 2013

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Entry-to-Practice Competencies

In 2012, Dr. Leilani Johnson, Ms. Anna Witter-Merithew, and Dr. Marty Taylor in collaboration with many partners published a paper on interpreter competencies. Partners included experienced interpreter educators, practitioners, leaders, and diverse stakeholders, Deaf and hard of hearing consumers, employers, policy makers, parents, and more.

From the paper: 

The aim of this document is to delineate the major skills, fields of knowledge and attributes that underlie competent professional interpreting practice. These competency based standards are a statement of what the community can expect from an entry-level professional interpreter.  

The paper outlines 5 domains:

1. Theory and Knowledge Competencies

2.  Human Relations Competencies

3.  Language Skills Competencies

4.  Interpreting Skills Competencies
5.  Professionalism Competencies
The competencies listed in this document ideally would be those which one would possess before entry-to-practice.  However, as many do not possess all of these, it can serve as a helpful tool for mentors and mentees to identify gaps in preparation for certification and other credentialing exams, as well as provide clarity of the progression of one's professional growth.

Full findings from this project were published in Toward Competent Practice: Conversations with Stakeholders, published by RID in 2005.


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Anna Davis
Regional Interpreter Education Center at Northeastern University