What is the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC)?
AVLIC is the only national association representing sign language interpreters in Canada. All new members of AVLIC will have graduated from a recognized ASL-English Interpreter Education Program. Graduates of Canadian Interpreter Education Programs receive a diploma and/or degree level credentials, depending on the institution.
Why choose an AVLIC member?
The AVLIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct highlights the requirement by all AVLIC members to possess the knowledge and skills to support accurate and appropriate interpretation. Knowledge and skills can be assessed by regular involvement in professional development opportunities, years of experience providing interpreting services, non-interpreting educational background, life experience and cultural exposure.
Each interpreting situation requires a specific set of knowledge and skills. Prior to accepting interpreting work, AVLIC members assess each request to determine if they have the knowledge and skills required for the work. Both certified and non-certified AVLIC members are obligated to only accept work for which they are qualified. All AVLIC members are obligated to abide by AVLIC's Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct. The AVLIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct is paired with the Dispute Resolution Process (DRP), a process that AVLIC members and consumers of their service have access to for resolving perceived breaches of ethics or conduct.
What is a Certified Interpreter?
AVLIC is the only association that certifies American Sign Language (ASL) - English interpreters in Canada through its Canadian Evaluation System (CES). The Certificate of Interpretation is granted on the successful completion of the CES process. AVLIC members who have successfully completed a written test of knowledge, professional development workshops and a skills test, will be granted the the Certificate of Interpretation (COI).
In Canada, only members who have been granted the COI may refer to themselves as a “certified interpreter”. The AVLIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct also comes with the expectation that members will actively strive for AVLIC certification. However, it should be noted that members of AVLIC who have not achieved certification are still qualified to provide interpreting services.
What is a Registered Sign Language Interpreter?
A Registered Sign Language Interpreter is an interpreter who works in British Columbia and is a dual member of the Westcoast Association of Visual Language Interpreters (WAVLI) and AVLIC. WAVLI is currently the only Affiliate Chapter of AVLIC that has achieved legislative Occupational Title Protection under the British Columbia Provincial Government. In British Columbia, only members in good standing with WAVLI may refer to themselves as Registered Sign Language Interpreters, Registered ASL/English Interpreters and/or Registered Visual Language Interpreters. For more information, please visit www.wavli.com.
What other credentials do AVLIC members have?
There are a number of interpreter agencies, employers or referral agencies that have screening tools as part of their hiring process. These agencies may grant a designation that acknowledges the interpreter has undertaken and passed a specific screening. All of these screening tools and designations apply only to the agency or organization that administers the screening. Designations, whether through screening tools or educational institutions, do not equate to AVLIC certification. AVLIC's Position Paper on the Use of “Certified Interpreter” in Canada is available online. Click here for the ASL version or click here for the English (print) version.