Language Testing and Certification Program

Latest News

  • 2/13/2017: March schedules for Olympia, Seattle, Yakima, and Spokane have been released. Please refer to our Examination Manual for test and program details, and then schedule your test appointment.
  • 1/18/2017: The schedule is full through February for all test locations. March schedule will be released during the second week of February.
  • We are still experiencing problems with our scheduling system and are working with the company to get the problem corrected.  For now we are working on an interim process and have opened testing appointments for February.  When you schedule your test, you will receive an automated message from the system telling you the date and time of your appointment.   The date is correct, however the time maybe incorrect.  If a change is required for the time of your appointment, you will receive an appointment change notification by E-mail that will have the correct time for your appointment.  This applies to oral testing only.  Written tests should have the correct date and time for the test.
  • 01/10/2017: February schedules 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.
  • 10/31/2016: Good news! You can check your CE status! Check out the Continuing Education tab for more information. Keep in mind that any IN PERSON CE tracking is up to date as of 10/01/2016. All online webinars are up-to-date.
  • 09/19/2016: New testing candidates are able to schedule for any of the available written and oral exam dates.
  • 08/31/2016: Would you like to know how medical certification bodies compare to each other, including DSHS LTC? Check out the Resources tab for a detailed comparison!
  • 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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