Posted by: learnsignlanguage | June 15, 2010

Signature is the governing body for sign language qualifications

 Signature (previously known as Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People CACDP) is a UK recognised awarding body and registered charity whose aim is to improve communication between deaf and hearing people. Signature offers a portfolio of qualifications in sign language and other forms of communication with deaf and deafblind people, including qualifications in:

British Sign Language (BSL), Irish Sign Language (ISL), Deaf and Deafblind Awareness, Communication Tactics with Deaf and Deafblind People, Lipspeaking Notetaking, and Interpreting (BSL/English).

All of Signature’s qualifications are accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and appear on the National Qualifications Framework. Courses leading to Signature qualifications are provided at over 850 colleges and other centres around the UK.

Signature also works alongside the NRCPD (The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People) who are the UK registration body for professional British Sign Language Interpreters*, Lipspeakers, Deafblind Interpreters (Manual) and Speech to Text Reporters. An online directory is available for service providers who require a Communication Professional (CP).

*excluding Scotland

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