Language Testing and Certification Program

Latest News

  • SCHEDULE A TEST  For test information see: Examination Manual.  November schedules have been opened as of October 2nd, at 10:00 AM.  As of October 14th, at 9:00 AM, we have opened testing for both screened and certified languages.  We will also only be testing in Seattle and Yakima for the month of November and will return to our normal scheduling in December. Please check back on November 5th at 10 AM for December schedules. If schedules are full, please check back regularly for cancellations, which are opened up immediately upon receipt.
  • 2019 proposed test dates and locations.
  • Temporary Credential Reinstatement - Expired
    • Emergency rule, WAC 388-03-160(3) temporarily reinstated all DSHS certifications and authorizations that expire between April 6, 2019 and July 28, 2019. The temporary reinstatement expired on July 29, 2019.
    • This temporary reinstatement did not allow the interpreter or translator to earn missing continuing education credits, or other renewal requirements, which were due upon the original certification/authorization expiration date.
  • All DSHS credentials expire after 4 years, unless the renewal requirements are met. See Maintaining Your Interpreter/Translator Certificate.
  • If your certification or authorization has expired, you must re-test.
  • RCW 74.04.025 limits testing of languages for which fill rates in the prior year are 90% or higher. Fill rate data from 2017 requires no limits on testing at this time.
  • Please help us keep our contact information up to date! Send your current email address along with your credential number(s) to us:

What We Do

We offer certification testing for translators and medical and social services interpreters in Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

We offer authorization testing for medical and social services interpreters in all other languages.

We provide bilingual position testing for DSHS employees. Please refer to scheduling guidelines


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