About the NIC enhancement process
In late 2009, the Board of Directors for both NAD and RID established the NIC Task Force to work with feedback about the NIC certificatiofrom interpreters, consumers, and others, to reflect changes in the profession and community during the past 10 years, and to align the NIC with ever-evolving best practices in the certification industry. The Task Force recommended updates to the NIC certification program that address many complex factors around certification. Such factors involve testing for at least two levels of interpreter ability using separate exams, specialty recognition, eligibility requirements, and more. The multi-year enhancement process will ensure that the NIC is a more reliable, valid, current, and well-understood certification for all who rely on it.
RID will work with, involve and support the interpreter and Deaf communities throughout the NIC enhancement and implementation process. RID and NAD are committed to a collaborative effort that will benefit from the collective experience and expertise of all groups with a stake in the NIC credential and RID certification program overall. For more information, go to www.rid.org/NICNews.
Here is the PowerPoint Presentation from PCRID's September 24, 2011 General Meeting "The NIC Changes - Where Are We Headed?" presented by Laura Wickless. If you have any further questions or comments, please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slide 1 - We saw similar language to now when the NIC was originally created.
Slide 2 - Example of RID’s fairly recent support for the current NIC.
Slide 3 - RID’s communication about the upcoming changes. Similar in some ways to the past with slightly new angle.
Slide 4 - Starting this fall: NIC is a NIC. End of tiered system. No more mailing out test recordings. Raters will access a rater queue and view performance exams via computer access. Several raters view portions of a candidate recording which reduces bias. Faster turn around (possibly as little as one or two weeks). Look for and participate in EVERY survey from RID. A Job Task Analysis (JTA) and specialization surveys are coming. Spread the word to EVERY interpreter. That is how RID will collect information to develop new certification tests.
- Slide 5 - In 2013, the tentative names for new tests are:
NIC I - entry level test (will it be equivalent to previous certifications? possibly but unknown)
NIC II - a more advanced level certification test (must one take NIC I before NIC II? unknown)
2013 or after: Specialization tests possible in many areas (must one
Slide 6 - Many professions offer accredited certification programs. RID is a member of Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Such membership does not offer any guarantees about RID’s certification programs. Credentials that are accredited offer more guarantees since an organization must follow standards and oversight from an outside body.
Is RID moving toward accreditation? Unknown, but possible.
If RID programs ever became accredited by NCCA at some time in the future, it looks as though certification programs from the period before the accredited ones may not be allowed “grandfathering”. The language is a little confusing, but this may be a violation of NCCA accreditation standards (see NCCA Standards for Accreditation of Certification Programs, Standard 8, section B).
Slide 7 - There are 21 Standards for NCCA accreditation. We don’t seem to have met them yet. The standards fall into these broad areas.
Slide 8 - Some interesting issues with structure and governance which could be challenging for RID.
Slide 9 and 10 - Feel free to contact me with questions at NICindependentforum@gmail.com
Slide 11 and 12 - Sources for this presentation