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British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter

A BSL interpreter must have BSL level 6 language qualification and interpreting qualification and will register with a charity called National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) a voluntary regulator and or the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI). They maintain and improve standards within the profession. Or they may choose to join Visual Language Professionals (VLP) a support network for interpreters. Most interpreters join all three as each provides support to their profession.


Interpreters will travel to many different places in the course of their work and prepare vigorously for their assignments. Many interpreters specialise in a particular area. For example they could work in all levels of education, workplace meetings or on the job training, Conferences, Medical environments, Social Work, within Law, Political environments, Theatre or TV. The role is varied and interesting; interpreters work to a professional code of ethics and conduct and will treat information with the strictest confidence.

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