Quality Assurance Screening Levels
FRID offers the following guidelines for the use of its’ screened apprentices of interpreting. The type of settings in which the apprentice is utilized should be considered based on capability of the apprentice and the signing needs of the situation. Professional judgment on the part of the apprentice and the hiring agent should be exercised. The settings noted are not all inclusive.
Level 1 - Basic Apprentice of Interpreting
Work with supervisor, one-on-one where apprentice has opportunity to stop communication for clarification; example situations - social and recreational (i.e. YMCA, gyms, etc.), informational meetings and non-technical situations, library, parks, arts and crafts, non-academic adult ed., on-the-job training (not computer or technical), routine employment (not firings, reprimands, promotions, etc. - where consumer impact is high); small group or limited platform interpreting with extensive prior preparation, where there is minimal impact on the consumer.
Do Not Use In - legal of any kind*, mental health, serious medical situations, educational, interviews, formal platform, critical situations of any nature - where impact on the consumer is moderate to high.
Level 2 - Intermediate Apprentice of Interpreting
Discretion should be used according to the situation and the language level of the consumer; be able to function expressively and receptively with interpreting and transliterating; educational tutorial situations, informational meeting, daily living skills training, routine medical appointments, childbirth classes, some eligibility and welfare, some technical meetings, some K-12 and undergraduate course work; one-on-one easy voicing; limited voicing and limited platform (without much opportunity for preparation)
Do Not Use In - legal of any kind*, critical or life threatening medical, mental health.
Level 3 - Advanced Apprentice of Interpreting
Can function in many situations; where there may not be the opportunity to stop for clarification; situations as noted in Level 1 and 2, including public meetings, interviews, some mental health (routine), non-critical and non-life threatening medical situations.
Do Not Use In - legal of any kind*, critical or life threatening medical, extensive mental health.
*including but not limited to courtroom, civil or criminal hearings,
police interrogation, consultation with a lawyer