Membership Benefits & Categories
WSRID is the Washington State chapter of RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf). RID is a national organization with a membership of over 20,000 professional interpreters, students, educators and transliterators. WSRID is one of 54 affiliates established to promote and support the mission and philosophy of the parent association.
WSRID's membership term is from January 1st to December 31st annually.
Membership in WSRID does not automatically make you a member of RID.
Benefits of Joining WSRID
Professional Pride & Responsibility:
WSRID recognizes 6 categories of membership below, plus an additional affiliate chapter membership opportunity.
Individuals holding current RID certification as awarded through the National Testing System. RID has established a process of certifying interpreters on the basis of an examination by a board of evaluators. More information on the certifications that RID currently recognizes can be found at http://rid.org/education/testing/index.cfm/AID/44.
Individuals engaged in interpreting or transliterating but not holding RID certification.
Any non-certified individual currently enrolled in a course of study in interpretation of American Sign Language and/or English. An instructor's signature is required to verify this status.
A Certified member who upon reaching the age of 55 or older elects to retire from working as an interpreter. Does not include eligibility to vote or reduced event registration fees.
Individuals who support WSRID but are not engaged in interpreting. Does not include eligibility to vote or reduced event registration fees.
Organizations and agencies that support WSRID. Does not include eligibility to vote or reduced event registration fees.
Other Affiliate Chapter (OAC): Free
Members of other RID state chapters (such as ORID) or AVLIC. Membership with other Affiliate Chapter will be confirmed annually. Benefits include reduced event registration rates only. No other benefits apply.