Language Testing and Certification Program

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Public testing for interpreters and translators to serve DSHS clients is on hold. Please check here regularly for updates.

DSHS interpreters and translators must create a profile in the LTC Gateway tracking system. 

Public testing is on hold.

  • When public testing resumes, click the following link to reach the online scheduling portal: SCHEDULE A TEST
  • Prior to scheduling a test, please read the Test Information and Test Registration Information pages. 
  • All DSHS credentials expire after 4 years, unless the renewal requirements are met. If your credential has expired, you must re-test.
  • RCW 74.04.025 limits testing of languages for which fill rates in the prior year are 90% or higher. There are no testing limitations due to fill rates at this time.

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What We Do

The Language Testing and Certification program (LTC) provides bilingual certification for DSHS employees and authorization and certification testing for persons interested in providing interpreter or translator services for DSHS clients with limited English proficiency.

The Language Testing and Certification program provides the following services:

  • Sets and maintains qualification standards for DSHS bilingual positions, and interpreters and translators serving DSHS clients.
  • Administers language proficiency testing to certify/authorize DSHS bilingual employees, applicants for bilingual positions, DSHS contracted interpreters, and DSHS contracted translators.
  • Manages the roster of interpreters and translators certified and authorized to work for DSHS.

DSHS employees lease refer to scheduling guidelines


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