Posted by: learnsignlanguage | April 22, 2010

Qualifications for Communicating with Deaf and Deafblind People

Qualifications Portfolio For Communicating with Deaf and Deafblind People

There are various levels and qualifications in sign language and communicating with Deaf and Deafblind people. Signature (www.signature.org.uk) is the governing body for qualifications in signed languages and other methods of communication with deaf and deafblind people. Their nationally accredited qualifications are unit based, offering many advantages. They also administer the National Registers for Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people.

Units only need to be studied once, learners can take a break between units if required which means learners can study at a pace that suits them – however, where a practical skill forms part of the qualification (e.g. Deafblind Manual or Lipspeaking Skills), it would be reasonable to expect the candidate to have maintained the required level of skill at the point of completion and so time limits for some qualifications may be set.

All units, as well as full qualifications, are accredited so learners who are unable to achieve a full qualification can get a certificate for each unit they have studied. The qualifications that they offer are seen below.

Deaf Awareness

Level 1 Award in Deaf Awareness and Communication  DAC1

British Sign Language (BSL)

Level 1 Award in British Sign Language BSL1

Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language BSL2

Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language BSL3

Level 3 NVQ in British Sign Language BSN3

Level 4 NVQ in British Sign Language BSN4

Level 4 NVQ in Interpreting (BSL/English) INT4

Irish Sign Language (ISL)

Level 1 Award in Irish Sign Language   ISL1

Level 2 Certificate in Irish Sign Language ISL2

Level 3 Certificate in Irish Sign Language ISL3

Level 3 NVQ in Irish Sign Language  ISN3

Level 4 NVQ in Irish Sign Language ISN4

Communicating through English

Level 2 Certificate in Communication with Deaf People  CDA2

Level 3 Certificate in Facilitating Communication with Deaf People (Lipspeaking Skills) FLS3

Level 3 Certificate in Facilitating Communication with Deaf People (Notetaking Skills)  FNT3

Level 3 Certificate in Modifying Written English Texts for Deaf People  MET3

Level 3 Certificate for Language Service Professionals Working with Deaf and Deafblind People (Lipspeaking)  LLS3

Level 3 Certificate for Language Service Professionals Working with Deaf and Deafblind People (Notetaking)  LNT3

Level 3 Certificate for Language Service Professionals Working with Deaf and Deafblind People (Verbatim Speech To Text Reporting)  LST3

 Deafblind Communication

Level 2 Certificate in Communication with Deafblind People  CDB2

Level 2 Certificate in Communication with Deafblind People (Manual)  CDC2

Level 3 Certificate in Facilitating Communication with Deafblind People (Manual)  FDB3

Level 3 Certificate for Language Service Professionals Working with Deaf and Deafblind People (Deafblind Manual)  LDB3

Level 3 Certificate in Insights into Communication with Congenitally Deafblind People  KDB3

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