2017 Interpreter Program Calendar

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.

Orientation Workshops

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.

Date Location Deadline Open To Requirement
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

Written Examinations

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.

Date Location Deadline Requirement
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


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 change. For more information visit the oral examination page.

Date Location Deadline Requirement
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 (OPI)

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.

Versant Spoken English Test

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.

OPI and Versant Testing Dates and Locations


Location Date  Time

January 23-27

March 13-17

April 24-28

May 15-19

June 19-23

July 17-21

August 21-25

September 18-22

October 23-27

November 13-17

December 11-15

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.


February 6-10

April 3-7

June 26-30

August 14-18

September 25-29

November 28-30
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and
1 p.m. - 4 p.m

March 28-30

May 2-4

June 13-15

July 25-27

August 1-3

October 3-5
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. only

Testing Sequences

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.

Sequence 1

Date Event Location
February 11-12 Orientation Philadelphia
March 24 Written Exam Philadelphia
May 10 Simultaneous Exam Philadelphia
August 2 Consecutive/Sight Exam Pittsburgh

Sequence 2

Date Event Location
April 22-23 Orientation Pittsburgh
June 14 Written Exam Pittsburgh
August 2 Simultaneous Exam Pittsburgh
October 20 Consecutive/Sight Exam Harrisburg

Sequence 3

Date Event Location
July 15-16 Orientation Harrisburg
September 1 Written Exam Harrisburg
October 20 Simultaneous Exam Harrisburg
December 8 Consecutive/Sight Exam Philadlephia