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ASL-English Interpreter / Captionist / Transcriber Handbook

Appendix A: Code of Professional Conduct

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  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.


  1. This Code of Professional Conduct applies to certified and associate members of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., Certified members of the National Association of the Deaf, interns, and students of the profession.

  2. Federal, state or other statutes or regulations may supersede this Code of Professional Conduct. When there is a conflict between this code and local, state, or federal laws and regulations, the interpreter obeys the rule of law.

  3. This Code of Professional Conduct applies to interpreted situations that are performed either face-to-face or remotely.


For the purpose of this document, the following terms are used:


Other interpreters

Conflict of Interest

A conflict between the private interests (personal, financial, or professional) and the official or professional responsibilities of an interpreter in a position of trust, whether actual or perceived, deriving from a specific interpreting situation.


Individuals and entities who are part of the interpreted situation. This includes individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and hearing.

Last Updated: 07/18/2018
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