Please see below some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on RISLI.
What does it mean to become a registered interpreter?
When you become a registered Irish Sign Language interpreter with RISLI, service users will be able to check the register to confirm you are a qualified Irish Sign Language interpreter.
Do I need to renew my membership?
Membership of the Register is continuous, and automatically renewed dependent on compliance with requirements. Details of requirements are set out under Staying on the Register.
Does CPD I do abroad/online count?
All Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and training can be counted as long as you can demonstrate how it contributes to your professional development.
Why are Deaf interpreters not required to do Deaf Community engagement?
This is due to the fact that Deaf interpreters can be assumed to already be culturally Deaf, with pre-existing fluency in ISL and deep and intimate knowledge of the Deaf community.
Can I count the CPD I did before I was registered?
Only Continuous Professional Development completed from the date of registration can be counted towards your CPD requirements.
Can an interpreter be audited two years in a row?
Yes, interpreters can be audited two or more years in a row. The audit process randomly checks 5% of registered interpreters to ensure they have met their Continuous Professional Development and Work Practice requirements.
Can a registered interpreter be on the Registration Panel?
One place on the Registration Panel is dedicated to representing registered interpreters. There is a procedure to deal with any conflicts of interest.
Can I make an anonymous complaint?
No, anonymous complaints will not be considered, except in very limited circumstances.
Can an interpreter make a complaint against a client when poor working conditions are provided?
No, complaints can only be made about registered interpreters.
Can you file a complaint against an ISL Interpreter who is employed under another organisation/institution?
Yes, as long as the interpreter is on the register.
What happens to the ISL Interpreter who is suspended/removed from RISLI and is currently an employee of a public body?
If the interpreter is not registered, a court or public body will not be in a position to engage your services. See the Irish Sign Language Act 2017 for more information.
Can you send a complaint via video in ISL?
If I want to make a complaint about an interpreter organised by SLIS, do I complain to SLIS or the Register?
This up to you. If the interpreter is on the register, you can submit a complaint to RISLI. If you wish, you can also submit a complaint to SLIS. SLIS and RISLI have separate complaints processes.