We are excited to share that the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards has approved the first American Sign Language Interpreting apprenticeship program in the state of Wisconsin under Professional Interpreting Enterprise (PIE), sponsor #28617. We look forward to supporting the interpreting field with this exciting new opportunity.

More information about the application process and the apprenticeship program will be added to this page in the near future. Updates will include the formal position description and a link to apply for the position. This program is being lead by PIE’s Director of Interpreter Development, Leia Sparks. To contact her regarding this program, you can email her at

General Description: The apprenticeship is a 13 month salaried and benefited position that requires coursework alongside on-the-job mentoring and skill development. The goal of the apprenticeship is for the apprentice to achieve advanced certification in the field of sign language interpreting and an opportunity for a staff position at the completion of the apprenticeship. 

Projected Timeline:

May 15, 2024 – Position description and application will be available on this page.

June 2024 – First and second round of interviews will be conducted.

August 1, 2024 – Anticipated apprenticeship start date.

Minimum Requirements:
Proof of high school graduation or its equivalent
Proof of age-18 years or older
Physically able to perform the work with reasonable accommodations and without
hazard to self or others
Able to stoop, bend, walk and stand for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time
Authorized to work lawfully in the United States
Willing to undergo a background check
Able to provide three non-relative references
Required to complete drug and alcohol testing at the time of selection as an
Complete a TB screen and have all immunizations up to date at time of selection as
an apprentice
Proof of graduation/completion from an associate’s, bachelor’s or an alternate
pathways program set forth by RID and the state of WI
Able to provide proof of hearing or Deaf Intermediate Department of Safety and Public Services
Wisconsin Licensure (one year waiver may need to be requested to the state)

Please fill out the form below to submit your interest or ask a question regarding this program.

Submit your interest or questions - Apprenticeship

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