2021 Interpreter Program Calendar
Thank you for your interest in the Interpreter Certification Program.
All events take place in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, or Pittsburgh. Due to the COVID pandemic, some of the orientations will be held online. Testing events must be in-person and are subject to rescheduling or cancellation if necessary. For updates, please go to the Program Updates page. For complete information, visit the program's Main page.
New interpreter candidates must first attend an orientation workshop. This year the first two orientations will take place online. Before being eligible to attend an orientation, candidates must first register with the program. For complete information, visit the Orientation page.
|Feb. 20-21||online||Jan. 22||Foreign Language Int.||Register w/program|
|May 1-2||online||April 2||Foreign Language Int.||Register w/program|
|July 24-25||HAR||June 25||Sign and Foreign Language Int.||Register w/program|
|Sept. 25-26||PHI||Sept. 3||Foreign Language 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. All testing is subject to rescheduling or cancellation. For more information, visit the Written Examination page.
|April 8||Philadelphia||March 19||Attend Orientation|
|Pittsburgh||May 28||Attend Orientation|
|Sept. 1||Harrisburg||Aug. 6||Attend Orientation|
|Nov. 9||Philadelphia||Oct. 15||Attend Orientation|
Oral Proficiency Examinations
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 rescheduling or cancellation. For more information, visit the Oral Examination page.
|March 19||Harrisburg||Feb. 19||Pass written exam|
|June 4||Philadelphia||May 7||Pass written exam|
|Pittsburgh||July 16||Pass written exam|
|Oct. 20||Harrisburg||Sept. 24||Pass written exam|
|Dec. 15||Philadelphia||Nov. 19||Pass written exam|
Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI)
Oral Proficiency Interviews are administered to 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.
Versant Spoken English Test
When there is no full or abbreviated oral proficiency exam from NCSC 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 20 minutes long and tests six areas: reading, sentence construction, vocabulary, fluency, pronunciation, and overall comprehension. The minimum passing score is 47.
OPI and Versant Testing Dates and Locations
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and
|9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and
1 p.m. - 4 p.m
|1 p.m. - 4 p.m. only|
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 is most convenient for them.
|April 8||Written Exam||Philadelphia|
|June 4||Simultaneous Exam||Philadelphia|
|Aug. 11||Consecutive/Sight Exam||Pittsburgh|
|June 23||Written Exam||Pittsburgh|
|Aug. 11||Simultaneous Exam||Pittsburgh|
|Oct. 20||Consecutive/Sight Exam||Harrisburg|
|Sept. 1||Written Exam||Harrisburg|
|Oct. 20||Simultaneous Exam||Harrisburg|
|Dec. 15||Consecutive/Sight Exam||Philadlephia|