Deafblind Interpreter

Deafblind Interpreters use their skills with the Deafblind Manual alphabet to transfer meaning, context and environmental information between a Deafblind person and another person(s)

The interpreter will also relay visual and other non-verbal information, for example reactions to what has been said, movement of other people and what they are doing.

Average salary (per year)

20 - 35K

Typical hours (a week)

37 - 39

You could work



To register with the NRCPD you will have needed to complete one of the following:

  • Signature Level 6 Certificate in Working Effectively with Deafblind Manual and Visual Frame and Hands On Signers
  • CACDP Level 3 Certificate for LSPs working with Deaf and Deafblind People (Deafblind Manual)
  • CACDP Level 4 Certificate in Deafblind Interpreting (Manual)

Qualifications gained need to be mapped to the NRCPD register to find out more please visit NRCPD‘s Joining a Register page.

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may have to:

  • prepare before assignments by finding out about the situation and any specialist vocabulary
  • travel to different sites to interpret in a variety of situations
  • use technology to provide ‘virtual’ interpreting services
  • listen carefully to, or watch, what is said or signed
  • interpret what is said or signed
  • find the best way to express everything that is said or signed
  • do admin tasks like paperwork or booking appointments