Continuing Education (CE)

Continuing Education Requirements (per Washington Administrative Code Section 388-03-160)

All DSHS certifications and authorizations expire after four years unless the interpreter/translator earns and reports:
  • 16 general credits, earned any time in the four year cycle; and

  • 4  ethics credits, earned one credit per calendar year. (Every certification spans 5 calendar years - you may miss one of the five but must complete 4 total ethics on 4 different years between your certification date and your expiration date).

  • After renewal the 4 year cycle will repeat.

  • There will be no carry-over of surplus credits.

  • All requirements and credits apply to all certification types (translator/medical interpreter/social services interpreter). 

  • Certifications/Authorizations earned prior to 04/06/2015 expire on 4/6/19.

  • All credits and renewal requirements are due on the last day of your four-year cycle, the day prior to your expiration date.

  • In addition to the required CE credits, every interpreter must submit a Signed Code of Conduct and a Background Check Attestation Form prior to renewal.

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

    Best Practices in Interpreting for Patients with Dementia


    NEW DATE January 25, 2020 3 general Portland, OR

    Interpreting in Mental Health Settings: Therapists and Interpreters Working Effectively Together


    January 25, 2020 2 general + 1 ethics Olympia
    294 Ethical Decision Making

    February 1, 2020


    2 general +

    1 ethics

    333 Interpreting for Cancer Care

    February 1, 2020


    4 general Spokane

    Interpreting Pregnancy and Childbirth Appointments

    February 1, 2020 3 general

    Portland, OR


    Maintaining Personal Safety While Interpreting


    February 15, 2020 3 general Portland, OR

    Working With Survivors of Trauma


    February 22,


    3 general Portland, OR
  • Always available online: 
    • Free annual 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 - credits apply to all your current credentials).
    • Free new interpreter orientation: available for one maximum general credit each year

Submitting CE Credits:

  • Online 
    • Email the following: 
      1. Proof of completion (certificate)
      2. The DSHS approval number, approval date, the activity/class date, and the number of credits
      3. Include all of your certification/authorization numbers 
  • In-person 
    • Course provider will submit DSHS sign-in sheet
    • Be sure to sign in using all of your certification/authorization numbers

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
  • Total General Credits does not include ethics credits but they do count toward your 20 required


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