Utah Interpreter Program

The State of Utah Certifying & Regulating Body
for American Sign Language Interpreters

Temporary Permits

To engage in the practice of an interpreter without first certifying, under Utah Code 53A-26a-305, an individual must apply to and be approved by the DSDHH Certification Director for a temporary permit prior to providing interpreting services.

The temporary permit is intended as a short-term solution to extraordinary circumstances. Exemptions from certification may be issued where the following conditions exist: Lack of necessary available interpretive services and might be reasonably considered to materially jeopardize compliance with state or federal law.

It is granted by the Certification Director to both the requesting agency and the interpreter on a contractual basis. The permit remains in force for the amount of time agreed upon by the sponsoring  employer, the interpreter, and the Certification Director as long as the conditions of the professional development plan are met. The maximum time a temporary permit shall remain valid is one (1) year. The requirements of the temporary permit are no longer enforced if the interpreter passes the Utah Certification Examination at any level.

Temporary Permit Holder (not a certification): an individual who either because of relocation or limited experience and training has not yet achieved Utah Certification. As no level of skill has been ascertained, this person should only provide fundamental communication services in the specific situation for which the permit is granted.

Types of Temporary Permits

Employer Permit  (Mentored Permit)

The situation may occur wherein a certified interpreter is required but there are no certified interpreter jeopardize compliance with state or federal law.

Criteria for Obtaining an Employer Permit

  1. Submit an sponsoring employer application. The employer must demonstrate what steps have been taken to hire a certified interpreter
  2. Submit an employee application, which must include a professional development plan on the steps they plan to take to get certified
  3. Pay the required fee
  4. Pass the skill assessment 
  5. Pass the Utah Knowledge Exam within the past five years. The Knowledge Exam cannot expire during the time the student holds the permit.
  6. Sign a waiver, agreeing to abide by the UIP Policies and the NAD-RID CPC

Approval of the request will be given by the Permit Committee depending on candidate qualifications (based on skill assessment) and the situation in which the mentoring is taking place. The Permit Committee will determine and specify the interpreting assignments allowed under each mentored permit.

Length of Employer Permit

A mentored permit is renewable every three (3) months for a maximum period of one (1) year. The mentored permit may be revoked if any of the following parties violate the professional development plan: the mentored interpreter, the mentor, or the sponsoring agency or business. The Employee permit may be revoked by the Certification Director if any of the following parties violate the professional development plan: the mentored interpreter, the mentor, or the sponsoring agency or business.

Employee Permit (Emergency Permit)

There may occur situations wherein a qualified, but uncertified in the State of Utah, interpreter might relocate to Utah but will not have had the opportunity to take the Utah Certification Exam. This candidate wishes to begin providing services until the next examination opportunity is available. This interpreter is currently certified in another state which is not recognized in Utah. This situation would satisfy the criteria for an emergency permit.

Criteria for Obtaining an Emergency Permit

  1. Submit a sponsoring employer application. The employer must state what steps have been taken to hire a certified interpreter
  2. Submit an employee application, which must include a professional development plan on the steps they plan to take to obtain certification
  3. Pay the required fee 
  4. Sign a waiver, agreeing to abide by the UIP Policies and the NAD-RID CPC.

To provide interpreting services with an emergency permit, the individual must submit the following: employer permit application. The employer must state what steps have been taken to hire a certified interpreter, pay the required fees, submit the application for the temporary permit, which must include a professional development plan. Approval of the request will be given by the Certification Director.

Length of Employee Permit

An employee permit is valid for a maximum of four (4) months to give the interpreter ample time to take the knowledge and performance exam. The employee permit may be revoked by the Certification Director if any of the following parties violate the professional development plan: the mentored interpreter, the mentor, or the sponsoring agency or business.

Student Permit

A student permit may be granted where the individual is providing paid or unpaid interpreting services while in a training program, internship, residency, apprenticeship, or on-the-job training program approved by the USBE. Students are not to work alone and must work with an interpreter certified at the advanced level. The permit will be issued for a defined period of time as determined by the school with the approval of the Certification Director. A permit will be required for each term/semester the student is interpreting through an internship or practicum.

Criteria for Obtaining a Student Permit

To apply for a student permit, the student must complete the following prior to starting an internship or practicum:

  1. Complete and submit a student permit application.
  2. Pay the student permit fee.
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from a qualified faculty or staff member.
  4. Pass the Utah Knowledge Exam within the past five years. The Knowledge Exam cannot expire during the time the student holds the permit.
  5. Sign a waiver, agreeing to abide by the UIP Policies and the NAD-RID CPC.

Interpreter Training Program Approval Process

In order to be approved by the Utah State Board of Education programs must submit the following:

  1. Program approval application
  2. Organizational Vita and organizational chart
  3. Staff roster of faculty or training staff overseeing student practicums/internships training
  4. Credentials for training personnel
  5. Descriptions of the process of assigning internships/practicum assignments
  6. Annual fee
  7. List of students eligible to participate in the internships/practicum appointments prior to interpreting


Employer PermitEmployee PermitStudent PermitProgram Approval Annual Fee
$150No fee$15TBD

Employer Permit Application

Employee Permit Application

Student Permit Application

Interpreter Training Program Approval Application