As of June 8, 2018 the NCDHH Full Board voted to implement a fee schedule to cover the administrative costs for processing Continuing Education for Interpreters. A fee schedule for such work is required to be consistent with state law to recoup costs as well as for processing. These charges go into effect immediately. The cost breakdowns are noted below along with the applicable Nebraska State Statute:
PINRA - $10 per request
Academic Studies - $10 per request
Workshops - $10 for each break out session
N.R.S. §71-4728 (15) states “Approve, conduct, and sponsor continuing education programs and other activities to assess continuing competence of licensees. The commission shall establish and charge reasonable fees for such activities. All fees collected pursuant to this section by the commission shall be remitted to the State Treasurer for credit to the Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Fund. Such fees shall be disbursed for payment of expenses related to this section.”
Four broad categories of Continuing Education Activities have been defined:
- Sponsor Initiated Activities
- Participant Initiated Non-RID Activities (PINRA)
- Academic Coursework
- Independent Study Activities.
All Continuing Education Activities must involve endeavors that exceed the participants’ routine employment responsibilities and/or are not proprietary to one’s employer.
Sponsor Initiated Activities are developed by a Sponsor and presented for group instruction or for individual study. Examples include short courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, teleconferences, and distance learning (e.g. continuing education publications, teleconferences, multimedia instruction materials, and programmed learning materials).
Participant Initiated Non-RID Activities (PINRAs) are activities an interpreter/transliterator wishes to attend which are not offered by an RID approved Sponsor. The activity must be sponsored by an organization with standards specific to its area of expertise. The activity must have a defined format and clearly identified educational objectives. If the application to interpreting is unclear, the application should provide a single page or more describing how attending the activity will improve the applicant’s interpreting work. PINRAs include but are not limited to: auditing a college course, non-credit courses at an educational institution, association or corporate trainings (e.g., American Bar Association, Teacher’s Union, and Social Work Association), school district in-service or an organization’s conventions/workshops. Administrative paperwork is processed by the Sponsor.
NOTE: Participant must apply for approval from a Sponsor prior to the commencement of the activity.
PINRAs should not be used for sponsor initiated activities or group activities.
CEUs may only be awarded for Academic Coursework taken from an accredited institution during the participant’s current cycle. This accreditation must be recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or in the U.S. or the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education in the European Union. Any other institution must be reviewed by the Professional Development Committee. Successful completion is defined as receiving at minimum a letter grade of “C” (2.0) or pass for pass/fail courses. NOTE: If the participant is auditing the course or taking it through the continuing education office of the institution, they should contact a Sponsor to complete a Participant Initiated Non-RID Activity Plan.