Sign Language Interpreter - Intermediate Deaf

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License Information

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Sign Language Interpreter-Intermediate Deaf credential is 08/31/ each odd numbered year.  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.

Pre-Credential Education Information​

Pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 440.032(3)(e)​ an applicant for a Sign Language Interpreter-Intermediate Deaf must satisfy ALL of the following:

  • Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, as determined by the Department after receiving advice from the Sign Language Interpreters Advisory Committee (Committee).
  • Evidence satisfactory to the Department that the applicant successfully completed of at least 40 hours of a deaf interpreter training curriculum approved by the Department after receiving advice from the Committee.​
  • Evidence satisfactory to the department that the applicant successfully completed of at least 16 hours of sign language interpretation services−related training approved by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (RID​) or its successor or the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) or its successor, or substantially equivalent training, as determined by the Department after receiving advice from the Committee.​ ​
  • Evidence satisfactory to the Department that the applicant successfully completed  American Sign Language Linguistics I and II or substantially equivalent course work, as determined by the Department after receiving advice from the Committee​ 
  • Applicant submits Two Letters of Recommendation to the Department satisfactory to the Department from at least two (2)​ 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. (RID​)​, or its successor, or an equivalent certification, as determined by the Department after receiving advice from the Committee. Taken in the aggregate, the letters of recommendation shall verify that the applicant has successfully completed at least 25 hours of observing sign language interpretation services provided to clients.​​

Application for Licensure

Credentialing Information for Sign Language Interpreter-Intermediate Deaf​ Applicants​
​​​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 (Optional-Submit ONLY if you have been convicted of any felony, misdemeanor, or other violations of federal or state law in this state or any other and you desire a review of your conviction record before applying for a credential.)​
​2829​Malpractice Suites or Claims (if applicable)
2252​Convictions and Pending Charges (if applicable)

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 dsps@wiscon​​

Renewal Method


Renewal Dates and Fees
​Convictions and Pending Charges (if applicable for renewal) 
R210Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension

​2011 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.​