National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Exam

About NIC Certification

Holders of this certification have demonstrated general knowledge in the field of interpreting, ethical decision making and interpreting skills. Candidates earn NIC Certification if they demonstrate professional knowledge and skills that meet or exceed the minimum professional standards necessary to perform in a broad range of interpretation and transliteration assignments.

The NIC certification process begins with a multiple-choice NIC Knowledge Exam. Candidates are eligible for the NIC Knowledge Exam if they are at least 18 years old. Candidates who have passed the knowledge exam within 5 years and meet RID’s educational requirement may then take the NIC Interview and Performance Exam. The NIC Interview and Performance Examination is a vignette-based assessment using video to deliver and record the assessment.

NIC Checklist

  • Review all pertinent NIC webpages on the CASLI website 
  • Apply for the NIC Knowledge Exam
  • Pass the NIC Knowledge Exam
  • Submit proof of meeting the educational requirement to RID
  • Apply for the NIC Interview and Performance Exam
  • Pass the NIC Interview and Performance Exam

NIC Certification Process PDF

NIC Exam Fees (As of July 1, 2016)

Exam Type  RID Member Non-Member
NIC Knowledge Exam $325 $425
NIC Knowledge Exam Retake $275 $375

Exam Type  RID Member Non-Member
NIC Interview and Performance Exam $410 $510
NIC Interview and Performance Exam Retake $360 $460

NIC Exam Paper Application

*Candidates can purchase exams through the RID/CASLI Portal for faster processing.

NIC Knowledge Exam Application

NIC Interview and Performance Exam Application

*Applications for the NIC Interview and Performance Exam are now being accepted. Please note that while we are accepting applications as of July 1, 2016, the exam will not begin to be administered until September 2016. If you choose to apply, now, more information about scheduling will be provided to you as it becomes available.