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§ 1725.4. State registration required

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 63 P.S. Professions and Occupations (State Licensed)Effective: November 23, 2010

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 63 P.S. Professions and Occupations (State Licensed) (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 31A. Sign Language Interpreter and Transliterator State Registration Act (Refs & Annos)
Effective: November 23, 2010
63 P.S. § 1725.4
§ 1725.4. State registration required
(a) General rule.--Except as provided in subsection (b), no individual may provide or offer to provide sign language interpreting or transliterating services, or hold himself as a qualified sign language interpreter or qualified transliterator or, use a similar title or designation, without being State-registered by the office in accordance with this act.
(b) Exceptions.--The following individuals are exempt from the State registration requirements of subsection (a):
(1) An individual engaged in interpreting or transliterating at a worship service conducted by a religious entity and services for educational purposes for a religious entity or religiously affiliated school.
(2) An individual engaged in sign language interpreting or transliterating during an emergency, when a delay in obtaining a State-registered interpreter or State-registered transliterator might lead to injury or loss to the individual requiring the services.
(3) An individual engaged in interpreting or transliterating as part of a supervised internship or practicum at an accredited college or university if it is not in any of the following:
(i) A legal setting.
(ii) A medical or mental health setting, unless accompanied by a qualified sign language interpreter or qualified transliterator.
(4) An individual who is certified by the National Association of the Deaf or the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf from outside the Commonwealth who provides interpreting or transliterating services in the Commonwealth for a period not exceeding 14 days each calendar year.
(5) An individual engaged in interpreting or transliterating at the request of an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing if the individual informs the client that the individual is not registered under this act.
(6) An individual who engages in interpreting or transliterating strictly as a volunteer.
(7) An individual employed in a public or private elementary or secondary school or institution chartered by the Commonwealth who engages in interpreting or transliterating for the instruction of students or other school-related activity. Individuals exempt pursuant to this subsection shall comply with regulations promulgated by the State Board of Education establishing criteria for persons providing sign language interpreting and transliterating services to students.
(8) Repealed by 2010, Nov. 23, P.L. 1355, No. 124, § 3, imd. effective.
(9) An individual who obtains a provisional registration under section 5.1.1
(c) Unlawful practice.--An individual who violates this section commits a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed $300 or to imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both, for a first violation. An individual who is convicted of a subsequent violation of this section commits a misdemeanor of the third degree and shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 or to serve a term of imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.

Credits

2004, July 2, P.L. 492, No. 57, § 4, effective in 60 days [Aug. 31, 2004]. Amended 2006, July 7, P.L. 605, No. 92, § 1, retroactive effective July 1, 2006; 2010, Nov. 23, P.L. 1355, No. 124, § 3, imd. effective.

Footnotes

63 P.S. § 1725.5.1.
63 P.S. § 1725.4, PA ST 63 P.S. § 1725.4
Current through 2022 Regular Session Act 97. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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