Obtaining Credentials for Interpreters

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Where can I obtain your credentials?

The following agencies and organizations offer certification or qualification testing. This list is neither comprehensive nor an endorsement of any of these agencies or organizations. It is provided for informational purposes.

Agency or organizationLanguageChargesWhen
WA State Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)
1206 Quince Street SE
PO Box 41170
Olympia, WA 98504-1170
Cantonese, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese written - $50
oral - $125
Yearly test.
WA State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
Language Testing & Certification
PO Box 45820
Olympia, WA 98504-5820
8 certified,
83 screening,
Medical certification and
Social certification
written - $30
oral - $45
translator - $50
Monthly except December and January.
Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters
1725 I Street – Suite 300
Washington DC 20006
CCHI Certified Healthcare Interpreter
Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin

Application Fee: $30
CHI Exam Fee: $275

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters
1425 K Street NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: 1-866-681-2568
Email: info@certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org
Phone: 1-765-MED-CERT (1-765-633-2378)
Certified Medical Interpreters (CMI) written - $150
oral - $250
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
National Association of the Deaf
NAD-RID National Interpreter Cert
c/o RID, Inc
333 Commerce Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
800-736-9280 (Fax on demand)
American Sign Language $175 Application 8 weeks prior to testing. Multiple dates and test sites.
US Court System
CPS Human Resource Services
Fed Court Interpreter Certification Prgm
241 Lathrop Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
Haitian-Creole (certified), Navajo, Spanish, rest are qualified written - $125
oral - $175
1 year.
US Department of State
Office of Language Services
SA-1, 14th Floor
2401 E Street NW
Washington DC 20522
All Unknown employment testing Varies.
American Translators Association
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 590
Alexandria, VA 22314
14 languages $160 Varies.
National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators
423 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27702
206-267-2300 (Seattle number)
Spanish only members - $125
non-members - $150
See web site or call.

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