Practice breaks policy

If you are taking a break from practice for any period of time you should read this policy before your break.

If you have not been registered with NRCPD since qualifying or for a period of time you should read this policy.

If you have any questions about your break from practice/registration please contact us at enquiries@nrcpd.org.uk


In this policy

  • a. ‘we’ refers to NRCPD;
  • b. ‘you’ refers to a language service professional who is not practicing;
  • c. 'language service professional' includes sign language interpreters, relay intralingual interpreters, sign language translators, speech to text reporters, lipspeakers, interpreters for deafblind people and notetakers;
  • d. ‘practice break’ or ‘break’ means a period of time in which a language service professional is not being paid for providing professional communication services; and/or have not been registered with NRCPD or another registering body since qualifying or for a period longer than 12 months and wish to register with NRCPD
  • e. 'suitably experienced language service professional' means someone deemed by NRCPD to be qualified to assess a particular language service professional.

Purpose

  • 1. This policy sets out the terms under which a language service professional chooses to take a break from practice or from NRCPD registration, or both, and under which they then return to the register.  It is for language service professionals who
  • a. have not been registered with NRCPD or another registering body since qualifying or for a period longer than 12 months and wish to register with NRCPD
  • b. want to apply for NRCPD registration having been registered with another registering body; or
  • c. are registered with NRCPD but wish to take a break from practice with the intention of returning..
  • 2. The policy is essential reading for language service professionals who are:
  • a. registered with NRCPD but have not been practising;
  • b. considering a break in practice and what it might mean for their NRCPD registration;
  • c. supervising or employing someone who is returning to practice or considering a break.

Taking a break from practice for less than a year

  • 3. If you are registered with NRCPD you can take a break from Professional practice but stay on the register if
  • a. your break is less than one year;
  • b. you have paid the annual registration fee; and
  • c. you meet the annual CPD requirement.
  • 4. Please tell us if you are prevented from engaging in professional practice due to illness, injury, parental leave, bereavement or some other event. We will reduce your CPD requirement if
  • a. you provide evidence for your inability to work; and
  • b. the duration of the inability to work is one month or more.
  • 5. If you are prevented from practicing due to illness, injury, parental leave, bereavement or some other event, you are responsible for making sure you are fit to practice after your break.

Taking a break from practice for more than one year

  • 6. You will be classed as taking a break from practice if
  • a. you take a break from practice for more than one year; or
  • b. you take a break from practice for less than a year but are unable to meet the annual CPD requirement.
  • c. You take a break from registration whether practising or not.
  • 7. If you are already registered with NRCPD and take a break from practice, we will remove your name from the register and you will not appear on the public search facility. You should notify us of your break as soon as possible, using the practice break notification form.
  • 8. After your break from practice, NRCPD need to be confident your knowledge and skills are at the appropriate level before registering you. The length of your break determines what you need to do.

Registration requirements after a one-to-two-year break from practice

  • 9. A CPD profile of 24 hours of activity. This must include 2 different structured activities and 1 unstructured activity.
  • 10. An assessment by a deaf service user and an A1 assessor in the same professional category (or suitably experienced communication professional in the case of STTRs, lipspeakers, notetakers and interpreters for deafblind people).

Registration requirements after a two or more years break from practice

  • 11. A CPD profile of 24 hours of activity that has been developed with, monitored by and verified by an A1 assessor in the same professional category (or suitably experienced communication professional in the case of STTRs, lipspeakers, notetakers and interpreters for deafblind people). This must include 2 different structured activities and 1 unstructured activity.
  • 12. An assessment by a deaf service user and an A1 assessor in the same professional category (or suitably experienced communication professional in the case of STTRs, lipspeakers, notetakers and interpreters for deafblind people).

Registration requirements after being registered with another regulator

  • 13. Evidence of your registration with your current regulator. You must have been registered for a minimum of 12 months, within the last 12 months.
  • 14. A CPD profile of 24 hours of activity. This must include 2 different structured activities and 1 unstructured activity.
  • 15. Evidence of your qualifications

Special Consideration

  • 16. If you have not taken a break from practice but are unable to meet the CPD requirement. Please contact us to discuss your circumstances.

Continuing professional development

  • 17. The CPD requirement must be fulfilled within the twelve months before you apply for registration.
  • 18. Your CPD activity can include both structured and unstructured activity.
  • a. You must complete at least 2 different structured activities and 1 unstructured activity.
  • 19. If you have been using your skills during your break you can use that activity to complete your CPD profile. It might include
  • a. a research or teaching position related to your profession; or
  • b. remaining active by volunteering, outreach or consultancy work.

This can account for 50% of your CPD requirement and you must provide dates and times of the work as well as relevant notes/research.

  • 20. Full guidance on developing a CPD profile can be found in the CPD handbook on the NRCPD website.

Fees

  • 21. Any fees associated with meeting the requirements for registration are the responsibility of the applicant.