Effective July 1, 2018 signed language interpreters are required to have a valid license from the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses (DOPL) formerly known as the Idaho Bureau of Occupations Licenses (IBOL) to interpret in the State of Idaho, with few exceptions as specified in the “Speech and Hearing Services Practice Act” (IC § 54-2901 – IC § 54-2927). This act does not mandate the use of a signed language interpreter.
Certifications accepted – must be current and valid
No, you are required to apply for a license in addition to your certification to interpret in the state of Idaho.
Out of State (Endorsement) License
Deaf Interpreter Registration
Out of State Registration (work up to 30 days)
Yes, interpreters are required to obtain 10 hours (1.0 CEU) every year. It is the interpreter's responsibility to keep track of CEUs obtained for each licensure year.
The Original license will expire on your birthday with the exemption of the first year obtaining the license. Provisional licenses will expire 1 year after it was granted, and Out of State licenses will automatically expire December 31st of the year it was granted for. Check Idaho Bureau of Occupational License website under license search to confirm when you need to renew your license.
No. The statute CLEARLY defines what constitutes someone who is interpreting regardless of the job title. If someone is functioning as an interpreter, they need to be licensed, exemptions apply.
If your license was granted during any time of the quarter the report is due for, yes. It does not matter if you were actively interpreting or not, a report is due if your license was active during the quarter.
The settings allowed for an interpreter who is provisionally licensed depends entirely on the supervisor and provisional license holder’s agreement. This information can be found here