How to become a certified American sign language interpreter

by Michelle
(Orlando, Florida)

I love ASL

I love ASL

Michelle asked: I have been interested in becoming an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter since I was 7 years old. I am now 18 years old in college and trying to become a certified interperter for the deaf. I am taking classes to help me and I was wondering what is the next thing that I need to do to fulfill my dream.

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The Spanish Translator: Thanks for visiting the site, Michelle. I truly admire people that follow their dreams, especially when those dreams involve translation or interpretation :)

So to be honest, I don't know much of anything on how to become an ASL interpreter but if it's anything like becoming an interpreter, you'll most likely need to not only be fluent in ASL but also get as much experience as possible.

It's great that you're taking classes and that is probably the first step. Try to find as many opportunities as you can to use it in a real interpreting environment. The result will be two-fold. Not only will your ASL interpreting skills get better, the experience you gain will make you more valuable to potential employers.

Be sure to check out this list of Sign language organizationsfor some more good advice on following your dream.

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