Certification Maintenance Program

Certification Maintenance Program

The Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) will begin on July 1, 2012. All transliterators currently certified and those who may certify by July 1, 2012 will be included as of July 1, 2012.

PURPOSE

The purpose of the TECUnit Certification Maintenance Program is to provide a system:

  • Whereby nationally certified Cued Language Transliterators may preserve their certification status without retaking the CLTNCE test battery.
  • That ensures the retention of the high level of skill and knowledge demonstrated by nationally certified Cued Language Transliterators at the time of certification.

SCOPE

The TECUnit Certification Maintenance Program relies upon continued education and service to ensure that nationally certified Cued Language Transliterators maintain a high level of skill proficiency and knowledge. Participants maintain certification by accruing Continuing Education Hours (CEHs). A CEH will generally be awarded a 1:1 ratio between the number of hours of instruction and the hours earned for certification maintenance. Nationally certified Cued Language Transliterators will be asked to earn a minimum of 80 CEHs in a cycle. A cycle is a period of four (4) years.

What are Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)

Continuing Education Hours are those hours spent in professional development of skills and knowledge. We are utilizing a 1:1 ratio in order to make the system as straightforward as possible and to prevent possible misinterpretation as CLTs apply hours from workshops and track them for maintenance hours. While CEHs do not have the more familiar ring of CEUs (Continuing Eduction Units, a 1:10 ratio of Unit:Hours), it is simple and direct. Nice for you, and nice for us!

  • 1:1 ratio
  • 80 CEHs/cycle
  • Cycle = 4 years
  • (Approx. 20 hours/year)

A Four-Track System

The Cued Language Transliterator Certification Maintenance Program is a four-track system whereby nationally certified Cued Language Transliterators can earn CEHs by:

TECUnit sanctioned coursework:

  • Any organization, agency, institution, or individual may apply to be a sponsor
  • The sponsor application must be filled out and submitted to TECUnit along with an application fee
  • The coursework will be reviewed and approved by a TECUnit standing committee
  • Once coursework has been approved it will not need to be re-approved for one full year unless more than 25% or the coursework materials have changed
  • The approval process requires a review of materials and application must be submitted 45 days before projected workshop date(s)

Coursework

  • If the course is offered during a semester, 15 CEHs will be awarded for every 1 credit hour taken (i.e. a 3 credit course = 45 CEHs). If the course is offered during a quarter, 10 CEHs will be awarded for every 1 credit hour taken (i.e. a 3 credit course = 30 CEHs)
  • A copy of the individuals transcript must be submitted. Candidates must earn a grade of C or better to receive CEHs
  • Maximum of 4 quarter credits or 3 semester credits (45 hours) per cycle

Professional Development Plan

  • General Education CEHs are not required however you may submit up to 5 CEHs per year or 20 CEHs per cycle to the TECUnit for approval.
  • An application must be filled out and submitted to TECUnit for pre-approval for your Professional Development Plan (PPD).
  • The candidate will be notified with approval/rejection of the PPD within 30 days of receipt of the plan.
  • Proof of attendence and completion of course/class requirements will be required for credit to be awarded.

Professional/Education Work Hours*

  • A CLT must show 5 hours of professional/educational transliterating per year or a total of 20 per cycle towards his/her CEHs. (You cannot fulfill all of the 80 required CMP hours through work hours, only these 5 per year/20 per cycle)
  • A copy of a check stub, a signed billing statement, or a signed volunteer log must be submitted to earn CEHs for transliterating hours.

*PROFESSIONAL/EDUCATION WORK HOURS ARE REQUIRED OF ALL CANDIDATES IN EACH CYCLE. IF YOU FEEL, FOR ANY REASON, YOU ARE UNABLE TO FULFILL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS ITEM, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE.

CMP CYCLE TIMELINE

The first CMP Cycle will begin July 1, 2012 and end June 30, 2016 for the first cycle. For transliterators certifying after July 1, 2012, CMP cycles will begin July 1, 2013 and end June 30, 2017. ALL CLTs currently holding a Transliterator Skills Certificate (TSC) will have until July 1, 2012 to arrange for application to the CMP program if they wish to maintain their current certification. After July 1, 2012, certification will lapse for those Cued Language Transliterators who have NOT notified the TECUnit. Every effort will be made to notify each individual currently in our records. Any individuals who do not respond by the deadline, but are wishing to remain certified, would then need to retake the CLTNCE test battery.

TO MAINTAIN CERTIFICATION, AN INDIVIDUAL MUST:

  • Submit an Online Certification Renewal application by July 1, 2012
  • Individual must pay Certified Membership dues by July 1, 2012 (certified membership dues are annual and may be paid online. Must be received by July 1 each year).

The chart below shows the CMP cycle end dates (the date that all CMP requirements must be met) for transliterators certified between the dates shown.

After a transliterators first cycle is completed, every cycle thereafter will begin on July 1 and run for 4 years ending on June 30.

Certified between: CMP cycle end date:
Prior to and through June 30, 2012 - - June 30, 2016
July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 - - June 30, 2017
July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 - - June 30, 2018
July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 - - June 30, 2019

Transliterator Skills Certificates

A Transliterator Skills Certificates (TSC) will be issued at the beginning of each cycle after the annual membership fee is received. It will be valid for the duration of that cycle.

Contact

Reasonable effort will be made by the TECUnit to contact all currently certified transliterators. It will be the responsibility of a transliterator to inform the TECUnit of changes in his or her contact information, It would be helpful if currently certified transliterators would update their mailing addresses with the TECUnit as soon as possible. If you are aware of any who may have moved since their initial certification please ask them to notify the TECUnit. At this time the TECUnit office is not a full-time office so phone calls may get an answering machine. Your phone calls will be returned as soon as possible. Contact by mail or e-mail is also acceptable.

Payment

Payment may be made by check, money order or credit card. Payment through our website is not available at this time. If you prefer to pay by telephone you may call the TECUnit office and credit card payment may be taken by telephone.

Forms

A full description of the CMP requirements as well as the sponsor coursework application form, Professional Development Plan and membership application may be downloaded through the links below.

Download CMP Program.pdf

Download Sponsor Coursework Application Form

Download TECUnit Membership App

Download Professional Development Plan Form.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TECUnit sanctioned coursework?

TECUnit sanctioned coursework/workshops are courses/classes/workshops that have been preapproved by the TECUnit for credit towards an individuals CMP. Any organization, agency, institution, or individual may apply for sponsorship. An application and sponsorship fee must be submitted along with the coursework and materials. They will be reviewed by the TECUnit and when approved, sponsorship for the course/workshop will be valid for one year. This means that the approved course may be provided by the approved organization multiple times during the following year without reapplying for approval unless the course content changes more than 25%. The sponsorship fee will not be assessed if the coursework is not approved. All CLTs who attend the course will be eligible for CEHs without further fees or application. The sponsoring organization must provide the TECUnit with an attendance roster and verification that all who desire CEH credit have fulfilled the requirements of the course/class/workshop. TECUnit has no prearranged association with any organization, agency, or individual for the transfer of CEH credit that may have been accrued through that organization/agency/individual.

Will ASL coursework/workshops be accepted for credit toward a CLTs CMP requirements?

TECUnit understands that many CLTs are also ASL interpreters and there are many areas of overlap in the two skills. ASL coursework/workshop hours may be accepted by the TECUnit for credit toward the CMP, but coursework/workshops must be preapproved by the TECUnit and sponsorship applied for by the course/workshop provider. If this is not possible then the CLT may apply for CEH credit through their Professional Development Plan (PDP) but it must still be preapproved per the guidelines for the PDP.

Can I apply for CEH credit for coursework/workshops/work hours performed prior to the current cycle?

No, all CEH credit for the CMP must be performed during the current cycle.

I am a dual role ASL interpreter/Cued Language transliterator, can hours interpreting be counted towards my Professional/Education work hours?

No, hours credited toward the Professional/Education work hour requirement must be hours transliterating.

How do I know what coursework/workshops will be approved by the TECUnit for credit toward the CMP requirements?

It is impossible to list every possible qualification for coursework/workshops that might be approved by the TECUnit for CEHs toward the CMP. In general, it is the intent of the CMP to maintain/improve a CLTs cueing skills and proficiency, thus coursework/workshops should be related to that goal. The TECUnit believes that there are many common areas in skill development, knowledge, and ethical considerations in the fields of Sign Language Interpretation and Cued Language Transliteration and liberally takes that into consideration in the approval of coursework that may be applied toward the CMP program for Cued Language Transliterators. In addition, many hours submitted for general education such as linguistic coursework, drama courses, foreign language classes, public speaking and communication courses, etc. have application within the professional field and will be broadly considered as well. It is key to remember that the sponsorship must be approved and to allow 30 days for that process. Request for approval within only a week or two of a workshop date may not be possible.

Can all of the CEHs required for the cycle be Professional/Education Work hours?

No, a CLT must have five Professional/Education Work hours/year. A CLT must have at least that many and only that five hours/year will be counted toward the CMP. Up to five more hours/year may be acquired through a CLTs Professional Development Plan, the other 10 hours each year must be through TECUnit sanctioned coursework, university or college semester/quarter coursework or a combination of the two.

Do the Professional/Education Work hours convert, one work hour = one CEH?

Yes.

Can a CLT complete the cycle requirements for CEHs in less than four years?

No, a Transliterator must show 5 hours per year of Professional/Educational Work Hours. The remainder of the CEH's may be accrued at anytime during the cycle. To break that down evenly would be 20 CEHs per year (5 Professional/Educational Work hours, 5 Professional Development Plan hours and 10 hours from sponsored workshops/classes or college semester credit hours). A transliterator may accrue all 60 hours of CEH's other than the Professional/Educational Work hours all in one year or evenly over the four years of the cycle but he/she must still show 5 work hours each year of the cycle.