Thank you for your interest in the Interpreter Certification Program.
Events are subject to change, rescheduling or cancellation depending on demand, space availability and any other special circumstances related to program or event management. Changes will be posted on this web site when necessary. It is the interpreter’s responsibility to keep informed about program events.
All new interpreter candidates must attend an orientation workshop. Before being eligible to attend an orientation, candidates must first register with the program. For complete information visit the orientation page.
|February 11-12||Philadelphia||January 20||Foreign Lang. Int.||Register w/program|
|April 22-23||Pittsburgh||March 29||Foreign Lang. Int.||Register w/program|
|July 15-16||Harrisburg||June 23||Sign & Foreign Int.||Register w/program|
|September 23-24||Philadelphia||August 25||Foreign Lang. Int.||Register w/program|
Interpreters must attend an orientation workshop before being eligible to register for the written examination. The written exam consists of 135 multiple choice questions and a foreign language assessment exercise consisting of translating 10 items into the candidate’s working language. The test is given during a 4-hour morning or afternoon session and is limited to fifty examinees each. For more information visit the written examination page.
|March 24||Philadelphia||February 24||Attend Orientation|
|June 14 (PM only)||Pittsburgh||May 17||Attend Orientation|
|September 1||Harrisburg||August 4||Attend Orientation|
|November 15||Philadelphia||October 13||Attend Orientation|
The oral examination consists of two phases administered on separate dates: (1) simultaneous and (2) consecutive and sight. Candidates in languages with abbreviated oral exams will be advised which sections are available for them to take. Candidates cannot register for an oral exam until they receive the results of the written examination. Oral exam dates and locations are subject to change. For more information visit the oral examination page.
|March 3||Harrisburg||February 3||Pass written exam|
|May 10||Philadelphia||April 12||Pass written exam|
|August 2 (PM only)||Pittsburgh||July 7||Pass written exam|
|October 20||Harrisburg||September 22||Pass written exam|
|December 8||Philadelphia||November 9||Pass written exam|
Oral Proficiency Interviews are conducted for candidates interpreting in languages for which there are no full or abbreviated oral exams and must be scheduled no later than six months after passing the written exam. The OPI is a telephone-based interview with a trained rater who assesses a candidate’s command of their foreign language. Candidates must perform at the superior level in order to pass the test. The OPI is administered at specific locations on weekdays during business hours in Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Pittsburgh. Candidates will receive information and instructions about how to register for the test once they pass the written exam.
When there is no full or abbreviated oral proficiency exam in a candidate’s language, the candidate must take the Versant Spoken English language test. This test evaluates the spoken English skills of non-native speakers. It is administered in the same manner as the OPI. Candidates travel to a location with secure access to a phone line in Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Pittsburgh and after verifying their identity the test is administered over the phone. The test is automated and the candidate’s responses are recorded. The test is approximately 15 minutes long and tests six areas: reading, sentence construction, vocabulary, fluency, pronunciation, and overall comprehension. The minimum passing score is 47.
November 13-17December 11-15
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and
September 25-29November 28-30
|9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and
1 p.m. - 4 p.m
August 1-3October 3-5
|1 p.m. - 4 p.m. only|
The calendar events are organized in sequences that allow candidates to complete each step in the certification process in the required order. Each sequence consists of orientation, written and oral exams. They allow enough time between events to give candidates preparation time for each event. Candidates who attend an early orientation will have more options for completing all requirements in one calendar year; however, candidates may attend any of the scheduled events statewide when and where it's most convenient for them.
|March 24||Written Exam||Philadelphia|
|May 10||Simultaneous Exam||Philadelphia|
|August 2||Consecutive/Sight Exam||Pittsburgh|
|June 14||Written Exam||Pittsburgh|
|August 2||Simultaneous Exam||Pittsburgh|
|October 20||Consecutive/Sight Exam||Harrisburg|
|September 1||Written Exam||Harrisburg|
|October 20||Simultaneous Exam||Harrisburg|
|December 8||Consecutive/Sight Exam||Philadlephia|