Language Testing and Certification Program

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PUBLIC TESTING SCHEDULE

LTC plans to open the MARCH 2024 test schedule (open only for Social Service Interpreter test and Document Translator) on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8th at 10:00 am, 

  • Olympia (OB-2) - Oral: 3/12 and 3/15; Written: 3/15.
  • Sunnyside CSO (Yakima County) – Oral: 3/20 and 3/21; Written 3/21

 

FEBRUARY test schedule is as follows (open only for Social Service Interpreter test and Document Translator)

  • Olympia (OB-2) - Oral: 2/13 and 2/16; Written: 2/16.
  • Sunnyside CSO (Yakima County) – Oral: 2/22 and 2/23; Written 2/22

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CHANGES IN MEDICAL INTERPRETER TESTING: 

There are important changes to medical interpreter testing. To increase our certification capacity, DSHS LTC has expanded test options for medical interpreter candidates.  

Starting January 1, 2023, all medical interpreter candidates who wish to pursue a DSHS medical interpreter credential and medical interpreters with expired credentials need to test with one of the third-party testing entities. (Please visit the Test Information page for detailed information on third-party medical interpreter testing.)

There are no changes to the Social Service interpreter tests and Document Translator tests (open to all candidates).

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LANGUAGE ACCESS WORK GROUP 

Following a mandatory review of the draft report by the Washington State Office of Financial Management, DSHS submitted the final report to the Legislature on 1/19/2024. The report presents the valuable insights and feedback that each work group participant contributed during the time allotted by the bill. The final report can be found on this page: Final Report | DSHS (wa.gov)

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OTHER NOTICES:  

All test candidates must create a profile in the LTC Gateway tracking system before they schedule a test with LTC or apply for a DSHS credential with a third-party test score: 

  • 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 (WAC 388-03-160).
  • 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.
  • DSHS Employees please contact LTC to schedule a test. 

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1) Olympia testing location (OB-2) - Starting April 3, 2023, public visitors will be able to enter the DSHS LTC Olympia testing site, OB-2 building, via the 1st floor north and south glass doors during business hours. For LTC test candidates, please refer to notices posted on the entrance glass doors for more information.

2) Starting December 2023, Yakima testing has a new location. Please check the Test Locations page of this site for details.

 

* Social Service Interpreter tests and Document Translator tests are open to all candidates.

To register for a test, please click here to schedule your test on the LTC Test Registration portal, or copy the following URL to your web browser: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/1kxdvhvq/

* All candidates can take one oral and one written test per month per person. 

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Questions? Email dshsct@dshs.wa.gov.

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 please refer to the scheduling guidelines on the LTC SharePoint.  

 

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