Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – click on the question to jump to the correct section.
What is ASLI?
ASLI is a professional membership association and support network for British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters in the UK. Our membership includes those who work as interpreters and translators and people who support our aims.
What are the aims of ASLI?
To encourage good practice in sign language interpreting.
To represent the interests and views of sign language interpreters and the interpreting profession in the UK.
What qualifications do I need to become a Translator/Interpreter?
To become an Registered Sign Language Translator/Interpreter you will need level 6 qualifications in both languages you intend to work in (e.g. English and BSL). This can be achieved via a degree or vocational route.
Further details can be found https://asli.org.uk/career-path/.
What do I get as a member?
ASLI Full and Associate members receive a range of benefits that include:
- Voting rights
- Professional Indemnity Insurance limit of indemnity £2,000,000
- Public liability Insurance limit of indemnity £2,000,000 any one event
- Free directory entry and updates
- Member’s own Bio and links to member’s website and social media
- Reduced entry fees to ASLI events and accredited courses
- Access to ASLI regional meetings for members based in UK
- Access to members’ area of the ASLI website
- Access to members’ and regional discussion forums via the ASLI website
- Monthly KYIT
- Quarterly magazine – Newsli
- Regular updates on the work of ASLI
- Eligibility to stand for Regional Contact/Training Officer and/or Director of the Board
- Use of MASLI after your name (Full Members only)
- Use of ASLI Member logo (available on request)
- Access to ASLI’s Continuous Professional Development and training
- Access to Conferences, Annual General Meetings, and Workshops
- Representation locally, nationally and internationally
- Access to free webinars
- Access to guidance and best practice documents
See the Membership Policy for further information.
Where does my ASLI payment go?
I am on a course but am not an interpreter/translator yet can I join?
You may be able to join as a student member if you are on a degree course leading to trainee or qualified status or if you are completing a level 6 course with IBSL or Signature.
How can I pay my membership?
You can pay annually, quarterly or monthly by direct debit.
I am Deaf, can I join?
Deaf interpreters and translators can join as associate and full members depending on their registration status. If you are on a course leading to qualification as a translator/interpreter then you may join as a student. We have our DIN (Deaf Interpreters Network) who work together on campaigns and training.
If you are Deaf but do not meet this criteria, you may be interested in becoming a supporter. See Our membership page
Who does ASLI work with?
ASLI works with Deaf organisations, NRCPD and feeds into local and national government policy.
I am a foreign sign language interpreter but live in Britain, can I join ASLI?
Yes, we have a few ASL and other sign language interpreters as members.
I am a BSL Interpreter/Translator but live outside the UK , can I join?
Yes, we have some members who live abroad and participate in ASLI.
I own an agency/work for a Deaf charity, can organisations join ASLI?
Organisations can become supporters of ASLI(https://asli.org.uk/membership/)
How long does it take to join?
It doesn’t take long for you to complete the information required and membership is activated on receiving the first payment.
I also work as a CSW/Lipspeaker/DeafBlind Guide/DeafBlind interpreter, am I covered by the insurance?
All of these have been checked with our insurers and are covered by our policy. Any other queries can be sent to [email protected]
How long am I insured for after I retire?
Your insurance will cover any work you did as a member but not any paid work post retirement.
I am retired, but very occasionally work a single job (paid or voluntary), am I covered by insurance?
Voluntary work is covered but paid work is not.
If I leave am I still insured?
Once you leave ASLI, your insurance stops. However, any claims covering the time you were a member are still covered.
I have just joined, does ASLI insurance cover me for previous work?
You are only covered for the period you are a member.
I was a member, but left and rejoined, how does this affect my insurance?
You are only covered for the period you are a member.
New Member FAQs
How do I set up a profile?
Click on ‘My Account’ and then ‘profile’
When does Newsli arrive?
Newsli is posted to members quarterly, January, April, July and October.
What is KYIT?
KYIT is ‘Keeping You In Touch’ our monthly e-newsletter. This will be sent out at the end of every month. It contains recent news and upcoming events.
How do I join a region?
When you join ASLI you will be allocated a region based on your address. You may join another by emailing [email protected]
Can I sell my old books via ASLI?
We have a selling forum on our forum page./
What is Going Pro?
Going Pro is our conference especially for early career interpreters and translators. We have workshops and speakers, plus time for networking. How do I find out about CPD?
Look at the ASLI events calendar and the webinar recordings page.
Where is my membership number?
ASLI no longer issues membership numbers.
How do I change my password?
On the website go to My Account-Account Details and you should be able to change it.
Where do I find the insurance certificate?
How do I get added to another forum?
Please email [email protected]
Where is my membership number?
ASLI no longer issues membership numbers
I’m not receiving forum notifications, what should I do?
At the top of the forum, click subscribe. If you are already subscribed and still have issues, please email [email protected]
Where can I find and use my ASLI email address?
Regional contacts and committee groups have email addresses which can be accessed here, if you have any issues , please contact [email protected]
How do I upgrade my membership?
If you have recently qualified, congratulations!
Please email the office who will support you in upgrading your membership.
I am retiring can I still be a member?
We offer a discount for our members who retire. We appreciate the experience of our members and do not want to lose this. Please contact [email protected] to let them know you have retired.
We also have an agreement that the insurance will cover your previous work, however, it will not cover you for any paid work post retirement.
I am going on carers/sick leave, do I have to keep paying my membership?
Discounts are available, please contact [email protected]
How do I access the Wellbeing Fund?
What happens on a Consultation Day?
All regions sent up to 2 representatives to share feedback and ideas from their regions with the Board. This is a good opportunity to share practice and meet others. Quite a lot of decisions are made over these meetings.
How do I get discount on training?
There is usually a member price and non-member price. If an event asks for a code it will involve emailing either the organiser or [email protected] should be able to help you.
How can I get involved in international interpreting events?
Please look out for EFSLI and WASLI events via our website. ASLI are members and send representatives from the board to events in Europe. Members often attend and receive a discounted rate from being ASLI members.
ASLI also offers support to enable members to pay in instalments.
I would like to know more about joining the board, how can I find out more?
Board nominations are advertised in June/July every year. Please email [email protected] to ask any questions regarding how the board works or to express an interest.
I would like to run an online group/book club, how can I organise this?
Please contact your regional rep. If you have no regional rep, please contact [email protected] and we will support you in setting up a group.
I have had problems with another member, how can I report this?
If a member has broken our code of conduct please email [email protected]
How do I nominate someone for a FASLI award?
Nominations are requested in July when all the information is advertised for the AGM.
I’m interested in writing for Newsli, what should I do?
Please email [email protected] with your ideas or to submit an article.
Does ASLI offer shadowing opportunities?
We offer early career interpreters the opportunity to shadow experienced interpreters at our national events. These are advertised annually. There may also be opportunities locally within your region.
I have an idea for a webinar/talk/presentation/training/project, who can I talk to about this?
Please email [email protected]
I’d like to get more involved in ASLI, what roles are there?
We have board members, regional reps (this may be a committee rather than an individual), writing guidance, organising events, supporting students or early career interpreters, running online social events or quizzes. Please check KYIT for any specific roles looking for volunteers.
I’d like ASLI to present/have a stall at an event, who should I contact?
Please email [email protected] with details of the event.
Does ASLI offer opportunities for evidence collection?
Sections of regional meetings or training may be interpreted and recorded for evidence collection (depending on discussions and abiding by confidentiality). Other events may offer opportunities, please contact the organiser.
I am moving house, how do I change regions?
Please update your address by emailing [email protected] and they will update your region.
Can I attend events in other regions?
Yes, members can attend any regions events. Sometimes priority is given to that regions members for particularly popular courses.
I live on a border, can I be in two regions at once?
Your proportion of the budget can only be allocated to one region but you can attend events in either or both.
There is no regional representative in my area but I would like to arrange some training?
Please contact [email protected] and someone will be able to support you in accessing regional funds to pay or contribute to the training.
I am interested in becoming a regional representative, how do I find out more?
Please email [email protected] for further information.
Who can attend regional meetings?
Any member can attend regional meetings. Guests may be present for their section however meetings are to remain confidential.
How do I join an ASLI webinar?
Please RSVP to attend; RSVP will close 24 hours before the webinar is due to commence.
How to RSVP for a webinar:
1 Go to www.asli.org.uk
2 Click the ‘CPD’ dropdown menu.
3 Click ‘Events’.
4 Find the Event you want to book; you can search several ways, but the easiest way to find all the webinars is by typing ‘webinar’ under ‘Search Keyword’, then using the ‘View As’ dropdown menu to click ‘List’.
5 Click ‘RSVP’; you’ll be taken to the specific webinar page.
6 There will be a box with ‘0’ and underneath will show how many spaces are available. Use the arrow in the box or type ‘1’.
7 The ‘Attendee 1’ box will show; type your full name.
8 Two ‘Send RSVP confirmation to’ boxes will show. If you are logged in, your name and email address should show automatically in the ‘Full Name’ and ‘Email’ boxes. If not, type your full name and email address.
9 The RSVP dropdown will automatically show ‘Going’.
10 Click ‘Confirm RSVP’; The Zoom link will be sent approximately 24 hours beforehand.
How do I view a recorded webinar?
To view all recorded webinars, please go to asli.org.uk/cpd/webinars
Save this page as a favourite; you can view webinars whenever you are logged in.
Webinar recordings take approx. 24 hours to process; we aim to get them on the website as quickly as possible.
Remember to use the dedicated webinar forum threads in the Webinars forum to get powerpoint slides, video links and other materials, plus share your thoughts and reflections!
Can I claim structured CPD for viewing a recorded webinar?
Yes, ASLI has confirmation from NRCPD that notes from viewing the webinar suffice. There is an ASLI resource created for this purpose in the recorded webinars section of the website
Is there a limit to how many webinars I can attend?
No, you can attend as many as you wish as part of your membership.
I have an idea for a webinar, who can I talk to about this?
Please email [email protected] we welcome requests, recommendations and suggestions.
I would like to interpret webinars, how do I do this?
Please email [email protected] and we will add you to our list. We try to rotate our interpreters so we do not use the same people repeatedly. However, some presenters do request certain interpreters.
I have not received my webinar link, what should I do?
Please email [email protected] before 6pm on the day of the webinar (or up to an hour before on other times) as we cannot guarantee a response after this.
I am booked on a webinar but cannot attend, what do I do?
Please note that you can cancel your own booking by using the RSVP function:
Go to the event in the Events calendar.
Scroll down to see your RSVP.
Click “View your RSVP”.
The next page will show “My RSVPs for this Event”.
Where your RSVP is showing as “Going”, click “Not Going” in the dropdown menu.
Click “Update RSVP”.
The Event will update and release your place.