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

NOTE: DUE TO A TRANSITION IN TEST DELIVERY PLATFORMS, WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT ADMINISTERING THE NIC INTERVIEW AND PERFORMANCE EXAM UNTIL WE LAUNCH WITH OUR NEW TEST DELIVERY PLATFORM THIS FALL OF 2019. THE NIC KNOWLEDGE EXAM IS STILL BEING ADMINISTERED AS NORMAL.

PLEASE VISIT OUR ANNOUNCEMENT HERE AND OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PAGE HERE. AFTER YOU HAVE READ THESE PAGES, YOU MAY EMAIL US AT DIRECTOR@CASLI.ORG WITH ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.