Language Testing and Certification Program

Latest News

  • 09/02/2015: December test dates have been released for Olympia. Please refer to our Examination Manual for test and program details, and then schedule your test appointment. Yakima is closed for December and January.
  • 07/16/2015: All new interpreter orientations and ethics trainings have been posted. Check out the Orientation and Ethics link on the navigation bar (on the left hand side of your screen for computers, and at the bottom of this page for phones/tablets).
  • 03/25/2015: ***Please take a look at the overview of program changes that will affect current and potential interpreters and translators***

What We Do

The Language Testing and Certification Program (LTC) provides bilingual certification and testing services to ensure quality services to the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Limited English Proficient (LEP) populations.

LTC provides the following services:

  • Develops systems, methods, procedures and policies to certify DSHS bilingual employees, applicants for DSHS bilingual positions, contracted interpreters and translators, and licensed agency personnel.
  • Sets and maintains qualification standards for DSHS bilingual positions, interpreters, and translators across languages.
  • Administers language proficiency testing to certify/authorize DSHS bilingual employees, applicants for bilingual positions, contracted interpreters, contracted translators, and licensed agency personnel.
  • Provides consultation to the department in establishing DSHS policies regarding the quality of language services to LEP clients.
  • Manages the roster of certified interpreters and translators; manage the roster of authorized interpreters.

State laws (RCW 41.56.030, 41.56.113, 41.04.810, 43.01.047, and 74.04.025) requiring the department to provide language services to its LEP clients and to certify and authorize its language access providers were each amended and enacted during the 2010 legislative session.

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