With over 30 years of professional experience, HIS Sign is your single resource for interpreting services, ADA consulting, and related training.
Christina Hammrich, Owner / CEO
I want to apply to HIS Sign as an interpreter. What if I do not have a certification?
Certification is required from HIS Sign customers in Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and West Virginia. Maryland does not require certification.
What certification is required to work in Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and West Virginia?
HIS Sign customers in the D.C. and Northern Virginia areas require either a VQAS III+ (Virginia Quality Assurance Screening), EIPA 3.5+ (Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment) or RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf).
I have passed the RID Written portion of exam but have not taken the Performance portion. Will that be recognized as having an RID Certificate?
You must have completed both the written and performance portion of the test. Additionally, you must have received an RID card to be recognized as having an RID Certification.
I just took my test for certification. Should I wait to apply?
HIS Sign welcomes all interpreters to register. Upon receipt of certification, you may simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the new results and we will be happy to make adjustments according to your certification.
I do not live in D.C., Northern Virginia, West Virginia, Frederick County, or Baltimore County. Can I still apply to HIS Sign?
Currently, HIS Sign only provides services to D.C., Northern Virginia, West Virginia, Frederick County, and Baltimore County.
How many steps are there in the registration process?
There are 6 steps in the HIS Sign registration process. Please click on link (…. ) for more details.
How long will the whole registration process take?
The length of the registration process is dependent on how quickly the interpreter sends us their paperwork and signs up for the remote screening.
I do not have a scanner to send some of my paperwork. What are some other options to get these to you?
The easiest and fastest way to send us your paperwork is to take a photo and send it to email@example.com. A photo taken with your phone will be fine. You also have the option to fax (703-738-8618) or send (44050 Ashburn Shopping Plaza #195-639, Ashburn, VA 20147) us your paperwork.
What is EchoSign?
EchoSign is an e-signature site for documents and forms. HIS Sign uses their services to send the Media Release Form, Direct Deposit Form and W-9 Form.
What is Eventbrite?
Eventbrite is a ticketing platform where you can schedule a HIS Sign remote screening interview.
What is a remote screening interview?
HIS Sign believes in quality interpreters providing quality service. In order to do this, HIS Sign performs a screening/interview to know what types of jobs will best fit the interpreters. In order to make it as easy as possible, interpreters may screen remotely from the comfort of their home computer.
What will I need to do a remote screening interview?
You will need a computer with a camera, Skype account, access to your email, access to YouTube and headphones.
What if the remote screening times on Eventbrite do not work with my availability?
If the times on Eventbrite do not match your availability, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accommodate.
If I am a deaf interpreter, do I have to sign up for a remote screening?
Deaf Interpreters will be send a separate screening email.
How do you run a background check? Is my personal information safe?
All background checks are processed through Verified First, 100% FCRA (Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act) compliant. It is completely safe and secure. HIS Sign does not see your Social Security Number.
Who do I contact for registration questions?
You may address all registration questions to: email@example.com
Who do I contact for scheduling questions?
You may address all scheduling questions to: TerpAdmin@HISsign.com
What if I cannot send in my paperwork within 2 weeks?
If you have not submitted your paperwork within 2 weeks, your application status will become “inactive” till you are ready to proceed. When you are ready, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you would like to reactivate your status.
Responses below set to a recent graduate that was moving to the Roanoke area (Mason):
1) Are there any restrictions on newly graduated, pre-certified interpreters? In VA you are required to have a VQAS III, EIPA 3.5 or RID Certification to work in the school system. Some agencies do not require certification/screening level but for 98% of our work, it is required.
2) If so, is there a provisional license that I may apply for? No provisional license in VA but we suggest you immediately look into taking either the VQAS or the EIPA exam. We can provide you with some information on them if you’d like.
3) Does your agency provide interpreting services in or around the Roanoke, VA area? No. We do know an interpreter in the Harrisonburg area in case that is near. Let us know and we can see if she’d like to connect with you.
4) If not, is your company familiar with any agency in that area? No, but a Google search should find some. If not, check out either www.VDDHH.org or www.RID.org and search for interpreters in that area. Perhaps one of them will provide you with some support.
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