How to Join AVLIC as an ASL-English Active Member

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Becoming an ASL-English Active Member

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Please contact the AVLIC office at avlic@avlic.ca


General InformationFlow chart depicting how ASL-English interpreters can join AVLIC

The AVLIC membership year is from April 1st to March 31st annually.  New memberships can be processed at any time of the year, but there are no pro-rated fees (full year's fees are due regardless of the join date) and memberships must be renewed by the next March 31st. (For example: if an application is processed on September 1, 2017, the full year's fees are owing and the membership would need to be renewed by March 31, 2018 for the 2018-2019 membership year.)

 

The current membership criteria for ASL-English Active membership is:

Proof of graduation from an AVLIC recognized Interpreter Education Program is required to complete all new applications.  Be prepared to submit a copy of a diploma or degree of graduation or official transcript documenting graduation. An IEP not on the recognized IEP list? click here.

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Benefits Given to an ASL-English Active Member

Summary list of benefits afforded to Active & Student members and to subscribers. Benefits given to Actve members include:

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Membership Benefits Not Given to an ASL-English Active Member

All membership benefits are extended to ASL-English Active members; however, people on a Membership Leave have some benefits on hold as part of the Membership Leave Agreement. 

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Cost to Become an ASL-English Active Member

  • First-time Member Discount: A discounted, first-time membership rate (fee) is extended to those applicants who have never been a member of AVLIC nor an Affiliate Chapter before.  If a person was a member in the past, no matter how long ago it was, they are not eligible for the reduced membership fees and must apply as a renewing member.
  • Dual Membership: For members living in a province which has an Affiliate Chapter, dual membership is required. As such AVLIC and at least 1 Affiliate Chapter must be chosen.
  • Multiple Affiliate Chapters: Membership with additional Affiliate Chapters is possible, however, the Active membership dues for each Affiliate Chapter apply.
  • No Affiliate Chapter Required: For members living in a province or territory which does not have an Affiliate Chapter, joining AVLIC only (no Affiliate Chapter) may be an option. Click here to learn more about the In Lieu of Affiliate Chapter Membership Policy.
  • Discount for Members Age 60: As per motion WP14G-08, after providing proof of age, members who are age 60+ are offered a 25% discount on the AVLIC portion of their membership dues. Affiliate Chapter membership dues are not impacted by this motion. 

Click here to view all membership and subscription fees for the 2017-2018 membership year

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Payment Options

AVLIC accepts payment for membership fees in the following ways:

For new or renewing members, the payment plan option is designed to  spread out payments to reduce any financial hardship and encourage lapsed / expired members to rejoin. For existing members, AVLIC encourages the use of the payment plan instead of allowing your membership to expire.

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Lapsed or Expired Membership

ASL-English Active memberships not renewed by March 31st annually must meet the stipulations outlined in Motion WP14G-06 or Motion WP14G-07 and are subject to the late renewal fee (Motion OT10G-28). The late renewal fee is 25% of the AVLIC portion of membership. The late fee is applied to lapsed (late, but less than 2 years) or expired (late, and over 2 years) memberships. If a membership does lapse or expire, the member should contact the AVLIC office to have the former account profile reactivated. 

Comparison chart showing the difference between lapsed vs. expired memberships.

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IEPs Not Currently AVLIC-Recognized

AVLIC's International IEP Review taskforce is mandated to review interpreter education programs which are not currently on the AVLIC recognized IEP list (this includes IEPs within the USA). They then make recommendations to the AVLIC Board of Directors to add IEPs with equitable program standards and outcomes to the current list. If you are interested in applying but your IEP does not appear on the recognized list, please contact the AVLIC office prior to completing an online application. 

The criteria the International IEP Review taskforce will be looking at are:

  • Program length
  • Faculty qualifications
  • Accreditation from Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education
  • Course content
  • Entrance pre-requisites
  • Delivery mode
  • Instruction
  • Relationship with the Deaf community

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Not a Graduate of an IEP

At this time, AVLIC is unable to accept applications from those who are not graduates of an Interpreter Education Program OR meet the criterion to become a Deaf Interpreter.  

If you are not a graduate of an Interpreter Education Program but have experience that could be applied towards credits at an IEP, consider contacting one of the AVLIC recognized Interpreter Education Programs directly to inquire about a Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR). AVLIC does not offer a PLAR nor do we facilitate the process; this is to be negotiated independently and directly through an IEP (cost to be determined by the IEP). However, upon successful completion of a PLAR and courses required, a person is awarded a diploma or degree (whichever is applicable) and that proof of graduation can be used to apply for AVLIC membership.

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Application Forms

Apply Online

To pay by cheque

Apply for the payment plan

Apply for membership leave

Please contact the AVLIC office at avlic@avlic.ca

*note: renewing ASL-English Active members whose account has not lapsed can renew online through their profile.