Continuing Education (CE)

The Washington Administrative Code Section 388-03-160 requires all DSHS certified and authorized interpreters and translators to earn and report continuing education credits.

For those who were certified/authorized BEFORE 04/06/2015:

  • Your certification or authorization expires 04/06/2019.
  • You must accumulate all 20 credits between 01/01/2015-04/06/2019.
  • Your first ethics credit needs to be completed AND submitted before 12/31/2016.
  • You must submit 4 credits of ethics before your certification or authorization expiration date:
    • One ethics per calendar year:
      • 2015/2016/2017/2018 OR
      • 2016/2017/2018/2019 
  • Once your certificate or authorization is renewed, you'll need to complete this cycle again. New expiration dates will be based off the issue date of your recertification/reauthorization. Please note that there is no exclusive translator ethics training. The annual ethics training credit will apply to medical interpreters, social service interpreters, and translators.

For those certified/authorized after 4/6/2015 your certificate expires four years from your certification/authorization date. You will also need to accumulate 20 continuing education credits, including four ethics credits gained one per year, prior to your expiration date. Once your certificate or authorization is renewed, you'll need to complete this cycle again.

 

DSHS Approved Activities - Only those courses pre-approved by DSHS are allowed as continuing education credits for DSHS certificates and authorizations.

  • The link below is a list of ALL approved continuing education activities for interpreters and translators. It includes upcoming in-person activities; upcoming online activities; approved web activities available 24/7; and previous activities approved by DSHS. Please note that courses must be completed within one year of the listed approval date. Please look through the entire list as some courses have been re-approved but may be located at the bottom or middle of the list.
  • Upcoming In-Person CE Courses - see more information on these and other classes by clicking the above link.
Approval #  Title   Course Date  Credits
237 Modes of Interpreting January 27 3
  • Always available online: 
    • Free ethics training. You can take this once a year to fulfill your yearly ethics credit. 
      • After watching your training video and completing the quiz below - email a screenshot of your 100% quiz score to: DSHSCT@DSHS.WA.GOV (include all of your certification/authorization numbers).
      • Training Video
        • Please view the appropriate orientation video. Upon finishing the video, complete the quiz, linked below the video. To log onto the quiz, input the requested information completely (first name, last name, and certificate number). The quiz site will have instructions regarding how to submit scores to LTC.
        • One ethics activity counts for all certifications/authorization you hold.  
    • Free new interpreter orientation: available for one general credit per year - does not qualify as your required ethics credit.
      • Training Videos:
        • After watching your training video and completing the quiz below - email a screenshot of your 100% quiz score to: DSHSCT@DSHS.WA.GOV (include all of your certification/authorization number.
        • Please view the appropriate orientation video. Upon finishing the video, complete the quiz, linked below. To log onto the quizzes, input the requested information completely (first name, last name, and certificate number). The quiz site will have instructions regarding how to submit scores to LTC.

Submitting CE Credits:

  • Online DSHS approved activities:
    • Email the following: 
      1. Proof of completion (usually a certificate).
      2. The DSHS approval number (found under the List of DSHS Approved Continuing Education Activities above), the name of the trainer(s) as listed under Provider/Trainer, the approval date, the activity/class date, and the number of credits. Note: Any activity/class date over one year from the approval date will not be honored for credits.
      3. Include all of your certification/authorization numbers in the body of the email.
  • In-person DSHS approved activities:
    • Your credits will be reported by the activity host or organization via a sign-in sheet, which is provided by LTC.
    • Include all of your certification/authorization numbers on the sign-in sheet.

CE Tracking:  

  • Click on the CE Tracking link.
  • Click on Find Continuing Education Credit Status.
  • Enter either: 
    • Name - enter first and last name we have on file for you
      • You will be able to see all your certificates if you enter your name only; Or
    • Certificate number without any letters (do not include, MC, SC, TC, MA, or SA)
      • if you have multiple certificates, you'll have to check one by one.
  • Tips:
    • Fill in no more than one or two search lines for best results
    • Capital letters are not necessary
  • See this document to see what type of information it gives you: how to interpret CE tracking data.

 

The following links provide information for those who have developed and/or are teaching continuing education activities and would like to apply for credits:

Criteria for approving DSHS interpreter continuing education activities

Procedures for approving and publishing continuing education activities

Application to provide DSHS interpreter continuing education activities