Language Testing and Certification Program

Latest News

All testing has been canceled until further notice due to COVID-19. 
To Interpreters/Translators: Starting July 1, 2020, there will changes in how CE credits should be submitted. Please check the Continuing Education (CE) page of this site for details.   
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. Starting 7/1/2020, please submit applications using the new form. Requests for renewals will not be accepted; instead, new applications are required. Please check the Continuing Education (CE) page of this site to view and download updated documents.  
  • SCHEDULE A TEST - No tests are being scheduled at this time. Questions? Email DSHSCT@DSHS.WA.GOV.  Check back for news on future openings.
  • Prior to scheduling a test, please read Test Information and Registration Policies and the Examination Manual
  • All DSHS credentials expire after 4 years, unless the renewal requirements are met. See Maintaining Your Interpreter/Translator Certificate.
  • If your certification or authorization 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.
  • Please help us keep our contact information up to date! Send your current email address along with your credential number(s) to us:
  • Temporary Credential Reinstatement has expired. Emergency rule, WAC 388-03-160(3) temporarily reinstated all DSHS certifications and authorizations that expire between April 6, 2019 and July 28, 2019. The temporary reinstatement expired on July 29, 2019. This temporary reinstatement did not allow the interpreter or translator to earn missing continuing education credits, or other renewal requirements, which were due upon the original certification/authorization expiration date.

What We Do

We offer certification testing for translators and medical and social services interpreters in Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

We offer authorization testing for medical and social services interpreters in all other languages.

We provide bilingual position testing for DSHS employees. Please refer to scheduling guidelines


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