Sign Language Interpreter (Restricted)

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 https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines, prior to submitting Form 3217.

Per Wisconsin State Statutes 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Certified Public Accountant credential is December 14th of 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.

    

License Information

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Sign Language Interpreter (Restricted) 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.  

Method 1 Requirements

  • Associate degree in sign language interpretation or a certificate of completion of an education and training program regarding such interpretation.
  • Plus one of the following:
    • Wisconsin Interpreting & Transliterating Assessment (WITA) at level 2 or higher in both interpreting and transliterating. (Complete Form #2930)

            and

    • Evidence of passing the written exam administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) or its successor and an associate or student member of (RID). (Complete Form #2926)

            or  

    • Basic level certification granted by the Board of Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) or its successor. Contact the state in which the BEI was taken for verification to be sent directly to DSPS. (Complete Form #3206)

            and

    • Evidence of passing the written exam administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) or its successor and an associate or student member of (RID). (Complete Form #2926)

Method #2 Requirements

  • Satisfactory evidence of all of the following:
    • Diagnosis by a physician that the applicant is deaf or hard of hearing.
    • A high school diploma or an equivalent.
    • Completion of 8 hours or training on the role and function of deaf interpreters sponsored by RID or its successor.
    • Completion of 8 hours of training on professional ethics sponsored by RID or its successor.
    • Completion of 40 hours of training consisting of workshops or other relevant courses sponsored by RID or its successor.
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who have held national certification for at least five (5) years and who are members in good standing with RID or its successor. Letters of recommendation together must document that the applicant has completed at least forty (40) hours of mentoring including at least twenty (20) hours of observing  professional work and at least ten (10) hours observing certified deaf interpreters.  (Complete Form #2931)
  • Plus one of the following:
    • Wisconsin Interpreting & Transliterating Assessment (WITA) at a level 2 or higher in both interpreting and transliterating. (Complete Form #2930)

              and

    • Evidence of passing the written exam administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., or its successor and an associate or student member of RID. (Complete Form #2926)

              or

    • Basic level certification granted by the Board of Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) or its successor. Contact the state in which the BEI was taken for verification to be sent directly to DSPS.

              and

    • Evidence of passing the written exam administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., or its successor and an associate or student member of RID. (Complete Form #2926)

Application for Licensure

FormDescription
2924Sign Language Interpreter License Application (Restricted) (Required for all methods)
​3217

Application for Fee Reduction (This form must accompany the application for the credential)

2928Sign Language Interpreter Certificate of Professional Education or Training Program Completion
2926Request for Verification of Membership And/or Certification of RID (Required for all methods)
​2930​Request for Verification of Certification of WITA Certification Level (Complete if applying by Method 1)
3206​Request for Verification of Board of Evaluations of Interpreters (BEI) Certification (Required for all methods)
​2931​Sign Language Interpreter (Restricted) Letter of Recommendation Form (Complete this form if applying by Method 2)
​3085​Application for Predetermination
​2829​Malpractice Suites or Claims (if applicable)
2252​Convictions and Pending Charges
3071​Fax Payment Form

Renewal Information

Requirements

  • 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@wisconsin.gov.

Renewal Methods

  • Online Log In: License Renewal Online
  • Request a Paper Renewal Form: (888) 506‑4239 or (608) 261‑4460 for the Madison area
FormDescription
RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees
R210Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension

NOTICE: This credential can only be renewed twice.

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.