K-12 Educational Interpreting

Eaton Interpreting Services (Eaton) adheres to the certification requirements as outlined in the California Department of Education Code (Section 3051.16).  The California State Department of Education (CDE) Code states that any interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing pupil(s) must be certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or equivalent.  Currently, CDE will accept RID certification or a score of 4.0 or above on the following assessments as meeting the requirements of the regulations:

  • NAD Certification
  • American Consortium of Certified Interpreters (ACCI)
  • Educational Interpreter Performance Evaluation (EIPA)
  • Educational Sign System Evaluation (ESSE)

Eaton will abide by the regulation and only send interpreters to educational facilities that meet the requirements. We encourage those currently working in an educational setting (Pre-K-12) to meet the requirements.

The full text on the regulation can be found at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/lr/om061108.asp

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. and the National Association of the Deaf have set forth a Professional Code of Conduct that applies to interpreters and outlines the roles and responsibilities in every type of interpreting situation.  Eaton upholds these standards in their business practice.  Interpreters found to be non-compliant are at jeopardy of having their certification revoked by the national registry and will no longer be hired as an Independent Contractor with Eaton Interpreting Services.

All contracted interpreters adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct


A code of professional conduct is a necessary component to any profession to maintain standards for the individuals within that profession to adhere. It brings about accountability, responsibility and trust to the individuals that the profession serves.

RID, along with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), co-authored the ethical code of conduct for interpreters. Both organizations uphold high standards of professionalism and ethical conduct for interpreters. At the core of this code of conduct are the seven tenets, which are followed by guiding principles and illustrations.


  1. Interpreters adhere to standards of confidential communication.
  2. Interpreters possess the professional skills and knowledge required for the specific interpreting situation.
  3. Interpreters conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the specific interpreting situation.
  4. Interpreters demonstrate respect for consumers.
  5. Interpreters demonstrate respect for colleagues, interns, and students of the profession.
  6. Interpreters maintain ethical business practices.
  7. Interpreters engage in professional development.

The following sites offer valuable information on certification and performance assessment requirements:
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
Educational Interpreters Performance Assessment (EIPA)
Educational Sign System Evaluation (ESSE)
American River College Sign Language Studies/Interpreter Preparation Program website