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Sign Language Interpreter

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

License required in 16 states
62nd most burdensome licensing requirements
57th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Sign language interpreters translate or interpret sign language into another language for others.

Summary

Licensing requirements are very consistent across the 16 states that license sign language interpreters. Each state requires two days of training with the exception of Missouri, which has no education or experience requirement. Each state also requires applicants to pass three exams, except Nevada, which requires five. Average fees amount to $772.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Nevada 710 2 5 12 18
2 Nebraska 1005 2 3 12 18
3 Kentucky 1070 2 3 12 0
4 Maine 981 2 3 12 0
5 Illinois 885 2 3 12 0
6 Arizona 785 2 3 12 0
7 North Carolina 923 2 3 0 18
8 Alabama 695 2 3 12 0
9 New Hampshire 860 2 3 0 18
10 Iowa 780 2 3 0 0
11 Virginia 760 2 3 0 0
12 South Dakota 735 2 3 0 0
13 Indiana 710 2 3 0 0
13 Rhode Island 710 2 3 0 0
15 Connecticut 660 2 3 0 0
16 Missouri 75 0 3 0 18

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