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Interpreter Certification


Where does it say that interpreters employed to work in the schools must be certified?

IDEA Regulations - Certification Requirements:  Part 300 / B / 300.156 / b

(b) Related services personnel and paraprofessionals. The qualifications under paragraph (a) of this section must include qualifications for related services personnel and paraprofessionals that--

(1) Are consistent with any State-approved or State-recognized certification, licensing, registration, or other comparable requirements that apply to the professional discipline in which those personnel are providing special education or related services; and

(2) Ensure that related services personnel who deliver services in their discipline or profession--

(i) Meet the requirements of paragraph (b)(1) of this section; and

(ii) Have not had certification or licensure requirements waived on an emergency, temporary, or provisional basis; and

(iii) Allow paraprofessionals and assistants who are appropriately trained and supervised, in accordance with State law, regulation, or written policy, in meeting the requirements of this part to be used to assist in the provision of special education and related services under this part to children with disabilities.


Commissioner's Rules - Certification Requirements:  19 TAC §​89.1131(d)

(d)  Interpreting services for students who are deaf must be provided by an interpreter who is certified in the appropriate language mode(s), if certification in such mode(s) is available. If certification is available, the interpreter must be a certified member of or certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or the Texas Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI), Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS).

What constitutes interpreting services?

IDEA Regulations - Interpreting Services:  Part 300 / A / 300.34 / c / 4

(4) Interpreting services includes--

(i) The following, when used with respect to children who are deaf or hard of hearing: Oral transliteration services, cued language transliteration services, sign language transliteration and interpreting services, and transcription services, such as communication access real-time translation (CART), C-Print, and TypeWell; and

(ii) Special interpreting services for children who are deaf-blind.

What colleges in Texas have interpreter training programs?

  • Austin Community College - Austin
  • Collin College - Plano
  • Lone Star College - Cy-Fair - Cypruss
  • Del Mar College - Corpus Christi
  • El Paso Community College  - El Paso
  • Houston Community College - Houston
  • Lone Star College - North Harris - Houston
  • McLennan Community College - Waco
  • San Antonio College - San Antonio
  • Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf - Big Spring
  • Tarrant County College  - Fort Worth
  • Tyler Junior College - Tyler
  • University of Houston - Houston


    What BEI certificates are awarded by DARS?

    • Basic
    • Advanced
    • Master
    • Court Interpreter Certificate
    • Level III Intermediary 
    • Level IV Intermediary 
    • Level V Intermediary 
    • Oral Certificate: Basic (OC:B)
    • Oral Certificate: Comprehensive (OC:C)
    • Oral Certificate: Visible (OC: V)
    • Trilingual (Advanced)
    • Trilingual (Master)
    • Morphemic Sign System (MSS)
    • Signing Exact English (SEE)

    These tests are no longer administered, but the certificates may be maintained with continuing education units. 

    • Level I
    • Level II   
    • Level III 
    • Level IV 
    • Level V


      What credentials does RID offer?

      • NIC Certification
      • OTC Certification
      • CDI Certification
      • SC:L Certification
      • Ed:K-12 Certification
      • CLIP-R Permit


      Is the EIPA accepted in Texas?

      Interpreters who have passed the EIPA written test, scored at least a 4.0 on the EIPA performance test, and meet RID's educational requirements may join RID as certified members and maintain certification through the RID Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) and Ethical Practices System (EPS).


      Commissioner's Rules - Certification Requirements:  19 TAC §​89.1131(d)

      (d)  ...the interpreter must be a certified member of or certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

      How many CEUs are required to renew BEI certification?

      Renewal Requirements

      CEU requirements depend on the date of certification or last renewal.

      Certification or Last Renewal Date

      Total CEUs Required

      Ethics CEUs Required

      Interpreting CEUs Required

      General CEUs

      Before December 31, 2006

      10.0 (100 clock hours)




      January 1, 2007–August 31, 2009

      10.0 (100 clock hours)

      2.0 (20 clock hours)



      September 1, 2009–November 30, 2009

      10.0 (100 clock hours)

      2.0 (20 clock hours)

      5.0 (50 clock hours)

      3.0 (30 clock hours)

      After December 1, 2009

      10.0 (100 clock hours)

      2.0 (20 clock hours)

      6.0 (60 clock hours)

      2.0 (20 clock hours)

      General CEUs cover general topics and include

      • college credit courses
      • in service trainings
      • employer orientations
      • other professional field trainings, or
      • K–12 and post secondary education–related trainings.