Registrant Guidance

Guidance for Potential Registrants

1. Registration Fees
Fees are as published on the RBSLI website and in other media. Registration is on an annual basis. Fees are payable in one lump sum or 12 monthly instalments. Failure to keep up instalments on current registration year will result in registration becoming lapsed and any future application to re-register will automatically require the payment of the outstanding lapsed fees.

2. Code of Ethics
As part of the application process, applicants are required to Affirm to the RBSLI Code of Ethics.

3. Continuing Professional Development
RBSLI CPD is compulsory. Registrants are expected to abide by the CPD clause in the Code of Ethics and to this end RBSLI does offer facilities for the recording of CPD activities and requires a minimum 18 hours of CPD per year.

4. Disclosure of previous or existing Sanctions and DBS certificates
Applicants are asked, as part of the application process, to disclose any previous or existing sanctions against them. Applicants and Registrants are required to make a mandatory declaration that they hold a current and appropriate/enhanced Disclosure Barring Service, (DBS) certificate.

5. Professional Indemnity Insurance
Applicants are required to make a mandatory declaration stating that they hold professional indemnity insurance.

6. Acceptance on to the Register
Applicants who meet all the criteria shall be accepted, by the Board and Registrar, to be a Registrant of RBSLI for a period of one year. As part of that registration they shall be provided with:

  • A physical and electronic Photo ID Badge
  • Personal space on the RBSLI website to record CPD
  • Public listing on the website
They shall also be subject to the policies and procedures of the RBSLI, including but not limited to, the Complaints Procedure, Code of Ethics and any other policy or procedure currently in force or brought into being during the period of their registration.

Eligibility Criteria for Registration as a Sign Language Interpreter or Translator (BSL/English)

  • Payment of fees
  • Successful completion of the RBSLI application process
  • Provide evidence of having successfully completed an appropriate Interpreter or Translator training programme including the following:
  • Heriot-Watt University MA (Hons) BSL (Interpreting, Translating and Applied Language Studies)
  • Heriot-Watt University MA (Hons) Languages (Interpreting and Translating (Graduates studying BSL and the amalgamated fourth year course
  • University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Postgraduate Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting and Translation
  • Durham University MA Translation Studies (graduates successfully completing the professional pathway including MELA43930 addressed using spoken English and BSL ‘Professional pathway including MELA43930'
  • Queen’s University MA in Interpreting
  • Signature Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting BSL/English
  • Signature Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Translation
  • Leeds University MA in Interpreting BSL/English with a mark of 53% or above for module MO5802M ‘BSL for interpreters’
  • Heriot Watt University Certificate BSL/English Interpreting Studies Grade averaging ‘B’ or above
  • SLI Advanced Diploma in Interpreting and Translation: BSL-English
  • IBSL Level 6 Diploma in British Sign Language Interpreting Studies
  • Wolverhampton University BA (Hons) in Interpreting (BSL/English) (graduates who achieve a first class degree from September 2017 onwards)
  • Durham University MA BSL/English Interpreting up to and including the year 2000
  • CACDP RQSLI Examination
  • Bristol University BSc BSL/English Interpreting
  • Bristol University DipHE (Deaf Studies)
  • AND have achieved one of the following BSL assessments:
  • University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) PostGraduate Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting and Translation
  • Heriot Watt University Diploma course with Grade C or above in Module C40BV1 British Sign Language
  • Heriot-Watt University MA (Hons) BSL (Interpreting, Translating and Applied Language Studies)
  • Heriot Watt University MA (Hons) Languages (Interpreting and Translating) (Graduates studying BSL and the amalgamated 4th year course)
  • Durham University MA in Translation Studies (graduates need to complete the professional pathway including MELA43930 addressed using spoken English and BSL)
  • University of Bristol BSL Advanced Level Module D30015 with a mark of 65% or above
  • University of Wolverhampton BSL Module 1G3006 with a grade of B11 or above
  • University of Wolverhampton BSL Modules Lang 40120, Lang 40420, Lang 40320 with a minimum overall grade of 60%
  • Leeds University MODL 5802M ‘BSL for Interpreters” with a mark of 53% or above
  • University of Wolverhampton BSL modules 6IG001 with a grade of B11 or above and 6IG004 with a grade of B11 or above
  • CACDP Stage III (advanced) Examination in Sign Communication Skills
  • Signature Level 6 NVQ Certificate in BSL
  • IBSL Level 6 Certificate in BSL Studies
  • University of Durham Postgraduate Diploma in Interpreting with the Deaf Community BSL skills Modules LANG 40120, LANG 40420, LANG 40320 with a minimum grade of 60%
  • Leeds University MODL 5802M ‘BSL for Interpreters’ with a mark of 53% or above

Applicants with an interpreting/language qualification not listed above are also welcome to apply for registration, however they must hold a BSL qualification as above. Acceptance shall be on a case by case basis.

RBSLI has reviewed the process by which interpreters and translators can become WASLI/WFD accredited, it has agreed that those International Sign accredited interpreters who wish to register with RBSLI shall be able to do so as IS interpreters or translators only.

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