Policy for ASLI Membership

The policy below details the terms and conditions for ASLI Membership on behalf of the Board of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI)

1 Eligibility

There shall be three categories of ASLI Membership. Members shall be required to join at and upgrade to the highest membership category for which they are or become eligible. Applications will be considered from those whose courses/qualifications do not appear on these lists if they no longer exist.

1.1 Who may join ASLI as a Full Member (MASLI)?

Any Individual Registered with the NRCPD as RSLI or RSLT

Any individual who holds one of the following qualifications, which meet the National Interpreting Standards for BSL/English Interpreters and Translators:

 

  • UCLAN/SLI Post Graduate Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting and translation
  • Heriot Watt University MA (Hons) in British Sign Language (Interpreting, Translating and Applied Language Studies)
  • University of Leeds MA in Interpreting Studies: BSL-English
  • SLI Advanced Diploma in Interpreting and Translation: BSL-English
  • IBSL Level 6 Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting Studies
  • IBSL Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting Studies
  • University of Leeds Post Graduate Diploma in Interpreting Studies: BSL-English
  • Wolverhampton University BA (Hons) in Interpreting (BSL/English) (graduates who achieve a first class degree from September 2017 onwards*)
  • Level 4 NVQ in Interpreting (BSL/English) & Level 4 NVQ in BSL (pre 2010)
  • Level 6 NVQ in Interpreting (BSL/English) and Level 6 NVQ in BSL
  • Other, subject to approval by the Directors

Interpreters with qualifcations from overseas are welcome to join ASLI please email board@asli.org.uk with details of your qualifiactions.

Sign language translators

  • Durham University MA in Translation Studies (graduates successfully completing the professional pathway including MELA43930 addressed using static and scrolling English and BSL) (Registration will be accepted from graduates up to and including July 2014. This course is not currently being offered).
  • Signature Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Translation
  • Other, subject to approval by the Directors

1.2 Who may join as an Associate Member?

Any individual regulated by the NRCPD as TSLI or TSLT

Any individual who has successfully completed one of the following interpreter training courses. It is essential for all of these applicants to have passed the BSL and Interpreting modules / units to the required levels:

  • University of Wolverhampton BA Hons in Interpreting BSL/English
  • University of Bristol BSc Deaf Studies (Interpreting).
  • UCLAN BA (Hons) in Deaf Studies (must include all Graduate Diploma modules).
  • UCLAN/SLI Graduate Diploma in BSL & Communication Studies.
  • Heriot-Watt University Certificate in Interpreting Studies & Skills.
  • Middlesex University/City Lit BA (Hons) Deaf Studies Communication Support and Education (Interpreting Option).
  • University of Durham Postgraduate Diploma in Interpreting with the Deaf Community.
  • Belfast Metropolitan College Introduction to BSL/English Interpreting Certificate 
  • Other, subject to approval by the Directors

(Associate Members are encouraged to become Full Members within 3 years)

1.3 Who may join as a Student Member?

Any individual undertaking one of the following interpreter training courses:

  • University of Wolverhampton BA (Hons) in Interpreting BSL/English 
  • University of Bristol BSc Deaf Studies (Interpreting) 
  • UCLAN BA (Hons) in Deaf Studies (must include all Graduate Diploma modules) 
  • UCLAN/SLI Graduate Diploma in BSL & Communication Studies 
  • Heriot-Watt University Certificate in Interpreting Studies & Skills
  • Middlesex University/City Lit BA (Hons) Deaf Studies Communication Support and Education (Interpreting Option) 
  • University of Leeds MA in Interpreting Studies: BSL-English
  • UCLAN/SLI Post Graduate Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting
  • University of Leeds Post Graduate Diploma in Interpreting Studies: BSL-English 
  • University of Durham Postgraduate Diploma in Interpreting with the Deaf Community.
  • Belfast Metropolitan College’s Introduction to BSL/English Interpreting Certificate
  • Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Translation

N.B. Some students will be eligible to join as an Associate if able to be a TSLI with the NRCPD. Working interpreters should be Associate members as they will get the benefit of PI insurance.

1.4 All Members are expected to adhere to the Association's Equal Opportunities Policy.

2 Benefits of Membership

2.1 Benefits of Full and Associate Membership

ASLI will make every effort to provide the following benefits of Membership to Full and Associate members, however provision of all benefits are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed. Some of the following benefits of ASLI Membership are dependent on the Member providing a functioning email address to ASLI.

  1. Voting rights
  2. Professional Indemnity Insurance for freelance interpreters, trainers, mentors, and supervisors
  3. Public liability Insurance
  4. Free directory entry and updates
  5. Members Bio and links to members website, and social media
  6. Reduced entry fees to ASLI events and accredited courses
  7. Access to ASLI regional meetings for members based in UK
  8. Access to members’ area of the ASLI website
  9. Access to members' and regional discussion forums via the ASLI website
  10. Monthly KYIT
  11. Quarterly magazine -  Newsli
  12. Regular updates on the work of ASLI
  13. Eligibility to stand for regional contact and/or Director of the Board
  14. Use of MASLI after your name (Full Members only)
  15. Use of ASLI Member logo (available on request)
  16. Access to ASLI’s Continuous Professional Development and training

2.2 Benefits of Student Membership

ASLI will make every effort to provide the following benefits of membership to Student members, however provision of all benefits are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed. Some of the following benefits of ASLI Membership are dependent on the member providing a functioning email address to ASLI.

  1. Quarterly magazine - Newsli
  2. Reduced entry fees to ASLI events
  3. Access to ASLI regional meetings for members based in UK
  4. Access to the members' area of the ASLI website
  5. Access to the members' forum, students' forum and all public forums via the ASLI website
  6. Monthly KYIT
  7. Access to ASLI’s Continuous Professional Development and training
  8. Regular updates on the work of ASLI

3. Cost of Membership

Fees will be calculated on a pro rata basis for Full and Associate Members joining part way through their first Membership Year (1st June to 31st May). Payments can be made via an external website that will take your payment and return you to the website as a member.

  1. The cost per year for Full Membership is £204
  2. The cost per year for Associate Membership is £180
  3. The cost per year for Student Membership is £48

A discount is available for Full and Associate members renewing their membership if they are in special circumstances (Maternity Leave, Career Break, Low Income, Study at PhD or MPhil level) Please email board@asli.org.uk for details.

4. Joining ASLI as a Member

It is possible to join any category of Membership from the 1st of each month.

4.1 All membership applications must be made online at 
4.2 Membership applications will only be approved once payment has been received. If payment is not received, all membership benefits will cease.
4.3 Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
4.4 Online applications must be received by the 10th of the month before membership is due to begin e.g. to begin membership on 1st March, complete applications must be received by 10th February.

5 Data Protection

5.1 All details supplied by the Member may be held on a computer and used for the purposes of the Association in accordance with data protection legislation.
5.2 Member contact details will only be used for internal ASLI purposes and under no circumstances are supplied to any person or organisation outside of ASLI unless the member gives express permission to have details displayed within a directory of members.
5.3 A member’s name and category of Membership e.g. Full, Associate or Student (also any information given by the member for inclusion in the directory of ASLI members) may be made public by the Association.

6 Who to contact

6.1 If you have any queries or comments about ASLI Membership/Support please email membership@asli.org.uk

page updated 3/4/2017