Language Testing and Certification Program

Latest News

  • Attention Cambodian and Laotian test candidates: Starting 7/1/2017, the medical and social service certified interpreter tests and the certified translator test will be closed for Cambodian and Laotian test candidates. Instead, candidates in these two languages may take the screening medical and social service tests. The certified translator test will no longer be available in Cambodian and Laotian. (6/20/2017)
  • OLYMPIA VISITOR PARKING TEMPORARILY CLOSED!! Please allow extra time when you test in Olympia between 5/19/2017 and 8/11/2017. Signs will direct visitors to a nearby lot with additional limited parking. There is meter parking along nearby streets as well as paid visitor parking across the street at the State Capitol Campus. Please plan ahead on your test day by allowing extra time and bringing adequate change for parking meters.
  • 8/1/2017: September test dates for Olympia, Seattle, and Yakima have been released. Please refer to our Examination Manual for test and program details, and then schedule your test appointment.
  • 03/24/2017: New FREE continuing education ethics training is available under the Continuing Education tab. As of today, the orientation ethics quiz WILL NOT count as your yearly ethics credit.
  • 03/25/2015: ***Please take a look at the overview of program changes that will affect current and potential interpreters and translators***
  • It is OK for test candidates to schedule either the written or the oral exam first if appointment slots are available. An interpreter can also schedule a written and an oral test on the same day as long as the appointment times are not in conflict with each other.

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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