The law that established licensure --A.R.S. 36-1946 -- was passed by the Arizona State Legislature in 2000. It is designed to create a statewide standard for Sign Language Interpreters. This not only helps the state's Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens, but also provides interpreters with helpful guidelines. The Governor’s Regulatory Review Council approved changes to the Licensure Rules on June 7, 2016, which are effective as of August 15, 2016. An official copy of licensure rules can be found here. (Go to page 5, "Article 5. Interpreter Licensure and Regulation")
See an up-to-date list of Licensed Interpreters. (Please note those listed in the Legal categories are also licensed to work in all General licensed settings. The categories are listed in alpha order). The renewal process could take up to 90-days. You may see names on the list that appear expired; these licensees may have applications in process and are legally allowed to work throughout the process. If in question please contact the Commission directly.
Emmett Hassen, Licensing and Certification Coordinator, is available to answer questions about your journey to becoming a Licensed Arizona Interpreter. You may contact Emmett via email at [email protected] or through VP at 480-264-0188.