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Educational Interpreter License Renewal

DPI is currently receiving a high volume of contacts for assistance.  The three most commonly asked questions and their answers are below:

Help with WAMS IDs

Before you can submit an application to DPI, you must register for a Web Access Management Systems (WAMS) user ID.

How to set up a WAMS account

Already have one or more WAMS accounts?

How to start your WAMS account recovery:

Perform a WAMS account recovery for all emails you have. Enter your email address but do NOT enter your User ID to start your WAMS account recovery. Once in the account recovery process you will be prompted to change your password. After you change your password you will be told in parentheses what your correct User ID is. Please make note of that before you terminate the account recovery session. Once you have recovered all WAMS accounts you have, login to ELO with each of your accounts individually. If you can see your licenses, you are logging in with the correct WAMS account. If you are taken through the Onboarding process again, you are not using the correct WAMS account and should try another account.

If you encounter errors in the WAMS account recovery process, please contact WAMS directly.  DPI is unable to help with WAMS recovery because the system is used by many state agencies and is run by the Department of Administration:

Revalidating Life or Lifetime License

Educators, whose Life or Lifetime license was invalidated in July, have until December 31 to revalidate their license. Upon approval of the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900] application, the Lifetime license will be revalidated just as if the educator completed the application before June 30. Educators will have until December 31 to complete this application for their license to be revalidated.

Background Checks

DPI is required by law to conduct a background check on each applicant for a Wisconsin educator license regardless of whether it is an initial request or a renewal request.

All educators are required to complete a background check to maintain or revalidate a life or lifetime license. There are directions for how to complete the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900].

To find the year in which your most recent background check was submitted, search License Lookup using your name or entity number and check see the “Last Background Check Submitted” field.

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

Educational Interpreter Renewal Requirements under

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, 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