Continuing Education (CE)

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR INTERPRETERS/TRANSLATORS: Starting July 1, 2020, there will some changes in how interpreters and translators submit CE credits. These include: (1) Providers of in-person activities will issue a Certificate of Completion to each attendant (rather than submit a sign-in sheet to LTC); (2) Interpreters/Translators must submit their Certificate of Completion within 6 months after completing a course in order to receive CE credits; (3)  Interpreters/translators will receive credits for any given activity only once within the four-year cycle of their certification; and (4) New Interpreter Orientations (both Medical and Social Services) will no longer be eligible for 1 general credit. (Also see the "Submitting CE Credits" section on this page.)

To interpreters/translators: There may be changes in the dates or locations of CE courses/activities posted on this page due to health concerns raised by the spread of COVID-19 virus. Contact the provider for updates before you register for a course/activity.

To CE activity providers: LTC is not accepting new applications and renewal requests between June 15 and June 30, 2020. Changes have been made to CE application guidelines and the Application Form. Updated documents are posted on this page (see bottom). Starting 7/1/2020, please submit applications using the new form. Requests for renewals will not be accepted; instead, new applications are required.

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).

  • 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.

  • Notes: After renewal the 4 year cycle will repeat. No extra earned credits are carried over to the next cycle. All renewal requirements apply to all certification types. Renewal requirements are due on the last day of your four-year cycle. Certifications/Authorizations earned prior to 04/06/2015 expired on 4/6/19.

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
    486 Interpreting for Vicarious Trauma TBD 6 general Spokane, WA
    490 Integrative Understanding of our Digestive System August 1, 2020 3 general Vancouver, WA
  • 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).

Submitting CE Credits

  • Email dshsct@dshs.wa.gov:  
    1. Submit your Certificate of completion issued by the provider. Please do not forward the email you received from the provider, either attach or paste to your email.  
    2. Include in the email (unless it is printed on the certificate) the DSHS approval number, approval date, the activity/class date, and the number of credits.
    3. Include all of your certification/authorization numbers.
  • IMPORTANT CHANGES STARTING JULY 1, 2020:
  1. Providers of in-person activities will no longer submit sign-in sheets as the attendants’ proof of attendance; instead, same as online activities, they will issue you a certificate of completion.
  2. You must submit your certificate of completion within 6 months after completing a course in order to receive CE credits.
  3. You will receive credits for any given activity only once within the four-year cycle of your certification. 
  4. New Interpreter Orientations (both Medical and Social Services) will no longer be eligible for 1 general credit; all general credits have to be earned by taking CE courses approved by DSHS.

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
  • Fill in no more than one or two search lines for best results
  • Total General Credits does not include ethics credits but they do count toward your 20 required

For Providers Applying for Approval of Continuing Education Activities

 LTC is not accepting new applications and renewal requests between June 15 and June 30, 2020. Changes have been made to CE application guidelines and the Application Form. Updated documents are posted below. Starting 7/1/2020, please submit applications using the new form. Requests for renewals will not be accepted; instead, new applications are required.  

Guidelines for Application and Management of Interpreter and Translator CE Activities (06-15-2020)

Application Form (Form 02-592) (Rev 06-2020)