Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Central)

North Carolina

Standards
Schools: 
EIPA 3.5 or above
Courts: 
State
State Agencies: 
State
Medical: 
State
All Venues: 
State
Licensure: 
Yes
Governing Body: 
North Carolina Interpreters and Transliterators Licensing Board
Fee(s): 
$225.00 licensure fee, $150 renewal fee annually, $225 for initial provisional license, $150 for renewal provisional license, $10 for lost license, $38.00 for background check, renewal fee waived if people are serving in the armed forces
Board: 
The Board shall consist of nine members who shall serve staggered terms. (1) A member of the North Carolina Association of the Deaf (NCAD) who is deaf and familiar with the interpreting process. This member shall be appointed by the Governor and serve for a term of two years. (2) An interpreter who is a member of the North Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (NCRID) with five years experience in a community setting and who is licensed to practice as an interpreter or transliterator under this Chapter. This member shall be appointed by the Governor and serve for a term of three years. (3) An employee of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. This member shall be appointed by the Governor, upon recommendation of the Secretary of the Department, and serve a term of three years. (4) An interpreter or transliterator for deaf_blind individuals who is licensed to practice as an interpreter or transliterator under this Chapter or a deaf_blind individual who is a member of the North Carolina Deaf_Blind Association and who has knowledge of the interpreting process. This member shall be appointed by the General Assembly, upon recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and serve for a term of three years. (5) A cued speech or oral transliterator licensed to practice as an interpreter or transliterator under this Chapter. This member shall be appointed by the General Assembly, upon recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and serve for a term of two years. (6) A member of Self Help for Hard of Hearing (SHHH) with knowledge of the interpreting process and deafness. This member shall be appointed by the General Assembly, upon recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and serve for a term of three years. (7) An interpreter who is a member of the North Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (NCRID) with five years experience in an educational setting in grades K_12 and who is licensed to practice as an interpreter or transliterator under this Chapter. This member shall be appointed by the General Assembly, upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and serve for a term of two years. (8) A faculty member of an Interpreter Training Program (ITP), an Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP), or a qualified or professional certified instructor of the American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA). This member shall be appointed by the General Assembly, upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and serve for a term of two years. (9) A public member. This member shall be appointed by the General Assembly, upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and serve a term of two years. For purposes of this section, a public member shall not be licensed under this Chapter or have an immediate family member who is deaf or hard_of_hearing.
Qualifications: 
§ 90D‐7. Requirements for licensure. (a)Upon application to the Board and the payment of the required fees, an applicant may be licensed as an interpreter or transliterator if the applicant meets all of the following qualifications: (1) Is 18 years of age or older. (2) Is of good moral character as determined by the Board. (3) Meets one of the following criteria: a. Holds a valid National Association of the Deaf (NAD), level 4 or 5 certification. b. Is nationally certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (RID). c. Has a national certification recognized by the National Cued Speech Association (NCSA). d. Holds a quality assurance North Carolina Interpreter Classification System (NCICS) level A or B classification in effect on January 1, 2000. (b) Effective July 1, 2008, any person who applies for initial licensure as an interpreter or transliterator shall hold at least a two‐year degree from a regionally accredited institution. (c) The Department of Justice may provide a criminal record check to the Board for a person who has applied for a new, provisional, or renewal license through the Board. The Board shall provide to the Department of Justice, along with the request, the fingerprints of the applicant, any additional information required by the Department of Justice, and a form signed by the applicant consenting to the check of the criminal record and to the use of the fingerprints and other identifying information required by the State or national repositories. The applicant's fingerprints shall be forwarded to the State Bureau of Investigation for a search of the State's criminal history record file, and the State Bureau of Investigation shall forward a set of the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history check. The Board shall keep all information pursuant to this subdivision privileged, in accordance with applicable State law and federal guidelines, and the information shall be confidential and shall not be a public record under Chapter 132 of the General Statutes. The Department of Justice may charge each applicant a fee for conducting the checks of criminal history records authorized by this subsection. (2002‐182, s. 1; 2003‐56, s. 3.)
CEUs: 
2 CEUs each year
Special Provisions: 
§ 90D‐8. Provisional license. (a) Upon application to the Board and the payment of the required fees, an applicant may be issued a one‐time provisional license as an interpreter or transliterator if the applicant meets all of the following qualifications: (1) Is at least 18 years of age. (2) Is of good moral character as determined by the Board. (3) Completes two continuing education units approved by the Board. These units must be completed for each renewable year. (4) Satisfies one of the following: a. Holds a quality assurance North Carolina Interpreter Classification System (NCICS) level C classification. b. Holds a valid National Association of the Deaf (NAD) level 2 or 3 certification. c. Holds a current Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) level 3 or above classification. d. Repealed by Session Laws 2005‐299, s. 2, effective August 22, 2005. e. Holds at least a two‐year interpreting degree from a regionally accredited institution. (a1) Upon application to the Board, payment of the required fees, and meeting the requirements for a provisional license under subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (a) of this section, the Board may also issue a provisional license to any of the following categories of persons seeking a provisional license: (1) A certified deaf interpreter (CDI) who completes 30 hours of training, including "Role and Function", "Code of Ethics", and interpreting professional studies coursework. (2) An oral interpreter who completes a total of 40 hours of training in interpreting coursework or workshops related to oral interpreting.