UPDATE REGARDING EIPA SCORE CHANGES: The State Superintendent's Advisory Council on Deaf/Hard of Hearing Programs recommended and the DPI has accepted that the required EIPA Performance score for the renewable educational interpreter license be set at 3.3 beginning July 1, 2019, and be set at 3.5 beginning July 1, 2020.
- For EIPA Performance assessments taken on or before June 30, 2019, we will accept the 3.0 passing score.
- For EIPA Performance assessments taken between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, need to post a 3.3 or better for renewal.
- For EIPA Performance assessments taken on or after July 1, 2020, need to post a 3.5 or better for renewal.
An applicant must apply for renewal of their educational interpreter license in ELO – see https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/elo/other/renewals. Applications for renewal are accepted as early as January of the year the license is to expire, but not earlier.
The rewrite of Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 34 has been approved went into effect August 1, 2018. You can find a link to the updated rule here: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/programs/wisconsin-quality-educator-initiative
The PI 34 chapter regarding Educational Interpreter licenses can be found under subchapter 10, Related Services Areas and Other Licenses, PI 34.086.
An educational interpreter license may be renewed if the licensee meets one of the cited components in both parts one and two:
- The licensee completes one of the following educational components:
- Completes 5 semester credits of continuing professional education from an accredited college or university. A licensee can satisfy 2 of the semester credits by serving as a mentor to a student currently participating in an Interpreter training program who is working to complete their 150 hour practicum.
- Completes 7.5 continuing education units (CEUs) approved by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or Board for Evaluation of Interpreters. A licensee can satisfy 3 continuing education units by serving as a mentor to a student currently participating in an Interpreter training program who is working to complete their 150 hour practicum. NOTE: If you are submitting a certificate for CEUs that does not have the RID or BEI logo on the certificate, you need to provide further documentation which states the CEU is approved by RID or BEI.
***You must choose one of the above options. You can not submit a combination of CEUs and credits.***
- The licensee does one of the following skill verification components:
- Passes the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) with a renewal score set by the state superintendent in consultation with the superintendent’s advisory council on deaf and hard of hearing programs.
- Obtains or maintains one of the licenses or certification listed below:
- Wisconsin Department of Safety and Public Services (DSPS) - Sign Language Interpreter 150-151
- Certifications from National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
- National Interpreter Certification
- Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf K-12
- Certificate of Interpretation and certification of transliteration
- Comprehensive skills certificate
- Master comprehensive skills certificate
- Certified deaf interpreter or deaf interpreter
- A basic, advanced, or master certification from the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters
- Certification from an organization approved by the state superintendent in consultation with the state superintendent’s advisory council on deaf and hard of hearing programs.
***Please note: Assessments, including the EIPA, do NOT count as a credit/CEU.***
For questions about this information, contact Ariana Baker
For information on obtaining an initial educational interpreter license see: https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/licensing/types/educational-interpreter