Language Testing and Certification Program

Latest News

LTC has resumed testing of public candidates in Olympia and Yakima. Schedules are now open for April and May. 

  • April test locations and dates 
    • Olympia - Written: 4/25; Oral: 4/25, 4/26  
    • Yakima - Written: 4/28; Oral: 4/28, 4/29 
  •  On April 5 at approximately 8:30 am LTC plans to open 200 total test spots for May
    • Olympia - Written: 5/2, 5/9, 5/18; Oral - 5/2, 5/3, 5/4, 5/9, 5/11, 5/12, 5/16, 5/17, 5/18
    • Yakima - Written: 5/10, 5/25; Oral - 5/10, 5/11, 5/12, 5/17, 5/18, 5/24, 5/25
  • On THURSDAY MAY 5 at 10 AM (updated date and time)  LTC plans to open 200 total test spots for June
    • ​Olympia - Written: 6/6, 6/15, 6/20; Oral - 6/6, 6/7, 6/8, 6/13, 6/14, 6/15, 6/20, 6/21, 6/22
    • Yakima - Written: 6/7, 6/29; Oral - 6/7, 6/8, 6/9, 6/21, 6/22, 6/23, 6/27, 6/28, 6/29

The above test spots are open to all candidates. Limit of one oral and one written test per month per candidate.

Priority is given to those who fall into the following categories:         

  1. Candidates with current credentials that expired between January 2020 and May 2022
  2. Candidates with credentials that are due to expire on or before December 31, 2022
  3. Candidates who have passed the written test between January 2018 and March 2020 may schedule an oral test
  4. Candidates with a passing oral test for a yet unearned credential may schedule a written test
  5. Upon request, candidates who work for other state agencies
  6. Upon request, candidates who want to test for a certain rare or high demand language

All test candidates must create a profile in the LTC Gateway tracking system. 

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 lease refer to scheduling guidelines

 

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