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Information for Interpreters New to CHS

Thank you for your interest in working for Chicago Hearing Society as an interpreter. Our office receives requests each day for qualified interpreters, which means that we are always interested in recruiting new interpreters. Outlined below is the process for becoming an interpreter with CHS.


  • Contact our office to inform us that you are interested in working with CHS.
  • Contact the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission regarding interpreter licensure requirements to ensure your compliance.
  • Complete an informal appraisal process that is done in-house.
  • Complete a W-9 form.

Contact CHS to schedule an appraisal

To schedule an appointment for the appraisal, please contact Marijo Wimbush at or Voice: 773.248.9121 ext. 343 or Videophone: 773.328.8788

Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission

The State of Illinois has an interpreter licensure law. To ensure that you comply, contact the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission. If you have not yet done so, please go to the commission’s web site at or call 877-455-3323 V/TTY.


  • Interpreters who have current RID/NAD certification are required to meet with a CHS representative to discuss past interpreting experience, future preferences and availability. They may be asked to participate in our in-house skills appraisal.
  • Those who have obtained an ISAS level or who have a QA level from another state are required to participate in our in-house skills appraisal prior to receiving work from CHS.

Skills Appraisal will include:

  • Dialogue regarding the role and responsibilities of a professional sign language interpreter. Be prepared to show proof of your certification/qualification levels.
  • Completion of an application form and W-9.
  • Audio/video work showing your transliteration skills, both expressive and receptive.
  • Audio/video work showing your interpretation skills, both expressive and receptive.
    Your appraisal may be videotaped for later review; it will always be kept in strictest confidence. This appraisal is not to be viewed as an evaluation; it is an in-house tool used by our staff to view your current level of skills and to ascertain your future employment opportunities with us.