Sign Language Interpreter - Intermediate Deaf


Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 278, beginning August 1, 2018, prior to submitting an application for a credential, an individual may apply to the Department for a determination of whether the individual would be disqualified from obtaining the credential due to his or her conviction record.  To apply for a predetermination, please fill out Form 3085 and submit all required documentation specified on the form.  Pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 111.335(4)(e), the offenses or kinds of offenses that may result in a refusal, bar, or termination of licensure are published under Additional Resources on the left side of this page.

Fee Reduction

Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 319, beginning August 1, 2018, an applicant for an initial credential may apply for a reduction of the initial credential fee that is equal to 10% of the initial fee.  Qualification is based on the federal adjusted gross income being at or below 180% of the federal poverty guideline prescribed for the applicant's family household size by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. To determine eligibility please visit the United States Department of Health and Human Services website at, prior to submitting Form 3217.

License Information

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Sign Language Interpreter Intermediate Deaf credential is 08/31/odd years.  Should you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to this date, you are still required to renew your license by the statutorily defined date.

Complete training and experience by one of the following methods and submit the appropriate application form, including all required documentation.

  • Proof of a high school diploma or equivalent. 
  • Evidence of completion of at least 40 hours of deaf interpreter training curriculum approved by the Department. 
  • Evidence of successful completion of at least 16 hours of Sign Language Interpretation services-related training approved by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., or the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters, or substantially equivalent training as determined by the Department. ​
  • Evidence of successful completion of American Sign Language Linguistics I and II or substantially equivalent coursework as determined by the Department. 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from individuals who hold a Sign Language Interpreter-Advanced Deaf license, a Certified Deaf Interpreter Certification issued by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., or an equivalent Certification as determined by the Department. Letters must show successful completion of at least 25 hours of observing sign language interpretation services provided to clients. ​

Application for Licensure

Sign Language Interpreter Intermediate Deaf License Application​
​​​2928Sign Language Interpreter Certificate of Professional Education or Training Program Completion
Recommendation Request Form
Exemption Request Form
​3217Application for Fee Reduction (This form must accompany the application for the credential if requesting a fee reduction.)
​Application for Predetermination
​2829​Malpractice Suites or Claims (if applicable)
2252​Convictions and Pending Charges (if applicable)
3071​Fax Payment Form

Renewal Information


  • FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • SIG (Signature regarding validity of credentials required to retain Sign Language Interpreter License)
  • If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at (608) 266-2112 or

Renewal Methods

RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees
R210Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension

​Wisconsin Act 210 (effective June 1, 2012)

This Act extends the license of a service member if the license expires while they are on active duty from 90 days to 180 days from the date of discharge. The same applies to a spouse of a service member if the spouse does not practice under their license while the service member is on active duty and does not practice because the service member is on active duty.

This Act repeals a provision of prior law that required a service member to meet all of the requirements for license extension or renewal, except for continuing education requirements, in order to have the license extended.

Service members and spouses may request extensions of licenses beyond 180 days from discharge and may request a waiver or extension of time to complete continuing education requirements due to hardship.  Please view Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension Form R210.​