Why do I need a certified interpreter?
Certification is proof that the practicing professional has satisfied all of the education and testing requirements to practice. Certification is a protection to all parties involved in the communication process and ensures that the interpreter has the skills and training that are necessary to facilitate communication. It also requires that the interpreter is following the code of conduct that relates to their certification/s and ensures confidentiality and ethical practices. Would you use a doctor who was not licensed to practice? Would you hire a lawyer who could not pass the bar exam? Would you allow your children to be in a classroom with a teacher who did not have the credentials to teach? Then why should Deaf people be expected to access any of those services though a person not certified to interpret?