The Board for Certification of Interpreters (BCI) is composed of three members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. One member must be deaf, one must be a certified interpreter, and one can be either deaf or a certified interpreter.
The mission of the Board for Certification of Interpreters, is to protect the citizens of the state through the certification of interpreters. In addition, the Board wishes to increase the pool of interpreters, maintain the quality of interpreting services, and establish clear standards of professionalism in the profession.
Deaf Member or Certified Interpreter
The Board for Certification of Interpreters works to provide at least a minimum competency of interpreting skill and knowledge; to assure that skills can be maximized through training, professional development and workshops for maintenance to insure the standardization of licensure; and to insure the rights of deaf/hearing consumers and interpreters in Missouri.
One of the members appointed shall be deaf, one shall be a certified interpreter, and one shall be deaf or a certified interpreter. The members shall be fluent in American Sign Language, Pidgin Signed English, oral, tactile sign, or any specialized vocabulary used by deaf persons. The members shall have a background and knowledge of interpreting and evaluation.
The Board for Certification of Interpreters evaluates and certifies interpreters; establishes guidelines for interpreters according to their level or certification; maintains the quality of interpreting services; and provides interpreter training workshops to update knowledge and improve skills.