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  • An applicant must apply for renewal of their educational interpreter license in ELO – see  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:


If your license expires June 30, 2019 or earlier and your application is submitted prior to June 30, 2019 you are eligible to use renewal requirements under the old PI 34.34 (3) or the new PI 34.086

If your license expires after June 30, 2019 or if you submit an application after June 30, 2019 you are required to follow the renewal requirements under the new PI 34.086.


Educational Interpreter Renewal Requirement under the old PI 34.34 (3)

As part of the professional growth requirement (semester credit option), applicants must successfully complete the educational interpreter performance assessment (EIPA) with a score of 3.0 or better. For information on completing the EIPA, please see:


For applicants using the Semester Credit Option, they will need to earn a total of six semester credits. Of the six semester credits, they can earn one credit for successful completion of the EIPA. In addition, the following will continue to count toward renewal requirements:

  1. One additional credit from one of the following interpreter assessment tools:
    • EIPA (regardless of score)
    • WITA assessment (level four or above for both interpretation and transliteration)
    • RID (proof of maintaining certification or taking an interpretation or transliteration performance test, regardless of the score)
    • EIPA written knowledge assessment
    • RID written knowledge examination.
  2. One or two credits for mentoring as verified by an Interpreter Training Program (30 mentoring hours is equivalent to one credit);
  3. Semester credits through the technical college system;
  4. Semester credits earned at an accredited four-year degree granting college/university.


**NEW** Educational Interpreter Renewal Requirements under the new PI 34.086

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, will NOT count as a credit/CEU.***



For questions about this information, contact Ariana Baker


For information on obtaining an initial educational interpreter license see: