Georgia Perimeter College is an approved sponsor for RID's certificate maintenance program. We sponsor and co-sponsor workshops, process college course credits, approve and process participant initiated non RID activities (PINRAs), and work with members to design and execute independent studies.
So, how can you earn CEUs in addition to going to sponsored workshops? First and foremost, plan ahead. Contact Becky Thurman, to discuss your options. All activities except college courses must be approved prior to the beginning of the activity. You CANNOT get credit for activities in the past. It is recommended that you contact the administrator at least 2 weeks before the event to make sure there is sufficient time to process the paperwork.
CEUs for College Credit: It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. Take a college credit course at an accredited (by CHEA) college or university. Complete the Academic Coursework Activity Report, and send via email along with a copy of your grade report (C or better is required) and a course description. Follow up with hard copies of the documents and a check for $15 payable to Becky Thurman. Contact Becky for the mailing address. Please note that language, interpreting and culture courses are considered as "professional studies." Other courses would be processed as "general" studies unless justification is made to link the course content to the job of interpreting. The sponsor administrator may ask you to provide written justification for the records. Processing the CEUs by sponsors and the national office may take up to 60 days.
PINRAs: Workshops and conferences that are not offered by an RID approved sponsor may be viable educational activities for an interpreter. Collect information about the activity such as flyers, agendas, goals, descriptions and schedules. After making a copy for your records, submit them, along with a completed PINRA form via email to Becky Thurman. She will review and contact you with questions or approval. When the activity is approved, send a hard copy of all necessary documents including the PINRA form and a check for $15.00 made payable to Becky Thurman. (Must be received PRIOR to the activity.) When you have completed the activity, email proof of attendance including the number of hours along with a copy of the original PINRA. Processing the CEUs by sponsors and the national office may take up to 60 days.
Want to create your own educational program? Design an independent study
project. For this type of project contact
to discuss details. Then, fill out an
independent study plan
and submit it via email. Damita will review the plan, and make
recommendations or give her approval. Next, send a check payable to
Georgia Perimeter College for the agreed handling fee (generally $25-$45.00 depending on the
project) along with a hard copy of the approved form. This form and payment
MUST be received PRIOR to beginning the project. Send to:
Georgia Perimeter College
ATTN: Damita Boyd - SLIP
555 North Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021
At the completion of the project, submit the documents agreed upon to the same address and/or email. Processing the CEUs by sponsors and the national office may take up to 60 days.
Getting CEUs for maintenance of your certificate is easy and relatively painless.Go for it!