Pine Tree Society is Maine’s only performance testing site for interpreters to finalize their national certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

This national certification level requires a written test followed by a performance test on video.

“The video performance test is what we now host at Pine Tree Society in Scarborough,” said Maura Nolin, director of interpreting services for Pine Tree Society.

Maura is a former president of the Maine RID Chapter and when she learned Maine needed a dedicated location for interpreters to complete their national certification testing, Pine Tree Society seemed like a natural fit.

“People were travelling to Massachusetts and Rhode Island to complete their certification. This will be much more convenient for many people in Maine and from out of state to be able to come to our location.  We already have people signed up to come take the test.”

Once interpreters complete their prerequisite written test, they contact the Center for Assessment of Sign Language Interpreting (CASLI) to schedule the national certification video performance test at Pine Tree Society where a designated room is set up specially for the testing service to monitor the video from its office in Washington, D.C. as it is recorded and to then review the performance video once it’s uploaded.

Testing is currently being scheduled Monday through Friday during normal business hours and can be arranged through CASLI at

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Pine Tree Society is Maine’s only not-for-profit sign language interpreting agency, specializing in providing interpreters who use American Sign Language and other forms of signed communication. Pine Tree Society interpreters are available for pre-scheduled, last minute and emergency needs and can provide services on-site or remotely through video conferencing.

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