Rule Changes Coming December 30

The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) has several rule changes that will be going into effect at the end of this year. The changes primarily relate to the Missouri Interpreter Certification System (MICS). These rules were proposed by the Board for Certification of Interpreters (BCI) and approved by the MCDHH Commission. They will go into effect on December 30, 2019. Below is a summary of each rule change and its impact on Missouri interpreters. Please review each rule change to determine how it will affect you. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Jessica Kallenbach, Interpreter Certification Specialist at jessica.kallenbach@mcdhh.mo.gov or (573) 526-5205.

 

5 CSR 100-200.035 Missouri Interpreter Certification System

This amendment adds the Provisional Certificate in Education (PCED) and the Provisional Certification (aka Learner’s Permit) to the list of certifications not subject to annual renewal. These certificates are only valid for one-year and cannot be renewed, so this should not impact any Missouri interpreters; it is merely a change in wording to the rules.

 

5 CSR 100-200.050 Application for Interpreter Certification in Missouri

This amendment removes the Apprentice and Novice certifications. As these certifications are no longer offered in Missouri, this should have no impact on Missouri interpreters.

 

5 CSR 100-200.070 Performance Test and Evaluation

This amendment cleans up a grammatical error and clarifies the follow-up letter process for testers. Additionally, it removes an item that is no longer available to testers. This should not have an impact on Missouri interpreters.

 

5 CSR 100-200.095 Certified Deaf Interpreter Certification

This amendment updates the name of the Texas agency that administers the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) to the proper reference for the Texas provider of the examination. The agency was previously called Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), but is now Texas Health and Human Services Commission. This will not have an impact on Missouri interpreters.

 

5 CSR 100-200.125 Certification Renewal

This amendment removes the section referring to the Apprentice and Novice certifications, which are no longer offered in Missouri. It also clarifies that the Provisional Certification in Education (PCED) is not renewable. It adds a timeline for certifications to become invalid and establishes a late fee. The new timeline for renewal is explained below, and will impact all Missouri interpreters.

 

5 CSR 100-200.130 Certification Maintenance

This amendment clarifies due dates for CEU renewal and reinstatement. The updated dates are listed below and will impact all Missouri interpreters.

 

5 CSR 100-2000.150 Fees

This amendment establishes a $10 per workshop CEU processing fee for approval of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) workshops. It also removes the fee for wall certificates, which MCDHH no longer provides, and adjusts the numbering system for the remaining fees on the list. This will not impact most interpreters directly; rather, the fee will be charged to the individual or entity that requests RID approval of their workshops through MCDHH.

 

This amendment also establishes a late fee of $20 for certification maintenance and removes unnecessary zeros. The impact of this fee is explained in the section below on the new timeline for certification renewal.

 

5 CSR 100-200.170 Skill Level Standards

This amendment removes the Novice and Apprentice certifications, which are no longer offered in Missouri. It also re-numbers the remaining list and corrects the title for Certified Deaf Interpreters. These changes should have no impact on Missouri interpreters.

 

The change also removes Basic from the list of approved certification levels to interpret in financial settings or for financial activities. This will impact the range of situations for which Basic interpreters can work.

 

Certification Renewal Timeline

 

Old System (effective until December 30, 2019)

November 2: Deadline for earning 2.0 CEUs, with 0.3 in ethics; earning CEUs after this deadline will result in a reinstatement fee* ($60)

December 2: Postmark deadline for renewal paperwork (including application for renewal, proof of CEUs, and payment); incomplete paperwork or missing deadline will result in a reinstatement fee* ($60) and certification card is no longer valid after this date

*Reinstatement fee will only be charged one time per renewal cycle

 

New System (effective beginning December 30, 2019)

November 2: Deadline for earning 2.0 CEUs, with 0.3 in ethics; earning CEUS after this deadline will result in a late fee** ($20)

December 2: Postmark deadline for renewal paperwork (including application for renewal, proof of CEUs, and payment); incomplete paperwork or missing deadline will result in a late fee** ($20)

December 15: Certifications that have not been renewed become invalid on this date; interpreters who fail to postmark completed renewal paperwork before this deadline will incur a reinstatement fee ($60) in addition to the late fee incurred on December 2

**Late fee will only be charged one time per renewal cycle