2019 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.

orientation workshop calendar
Date Location Deadline Open To Requirement
March 2-3 Philadelphia February 1 Foreign Lang. Int. Register w/program
May 4-5 Pittsburgh April 5 Foreign Lang. Int. Register w/program
July 13-14 Harrisburg June 14 Sign & Foreign Int. Register w/program
September 14-15 Philadelphia August 16 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.

Written Examination calendar
Date Location Deadline Requirement
April 12 Philadelphia March 22 Attend Orientation
June 14 
(p.m. only)
Pittsburgh May 17 Attend Orientation
August 16 Harrisburg July 26 Attend Orientation
November 1 Philadelphia October 4 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.

oral proficiency examination calendar
Date Location Deadline Requirement
March 20 Harrisburg February 15 Pass written exam
June 26 Philadelphia May 24 Pass written exam
August 7
(p.m. only)
Pittsburgh July 12 Pass written exam
October 18 Harrisburg September 20 Pass written exam
December 5 Philadelphia November 8 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

OPI and Versant Testing Dates and Locations
Location Date  Time

January 14-18 

March 11-15 

April 8-12 

May 6-10 

June 24-28 

July 15-19 

August 19-23 

September 16-20 

October 7-11 

November 12-15 

December 9-13 

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


February 4-8 

April 22-26 

June 17-21 

August 12-15 

September 9-13 

November 18-22 

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

March 26-28

May 21-23 

June 12-14 

August 6-8 

September 24-26 

October 22-24

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

Testing Sequence 1
Date Event Location
March 2-3 Orientation Philadelphia
April 12 Written Exam Philadelphia
June 26 Simultaneous Exam Philadelphia
October 18 Consecutive/Sight Exam Harrisburg

Sequence 2

Testing Sequence 2
Date Event Location
May 4-5 Orientation Pittsburgh
June 14 Written Exam Pittsburgh
August 7 Simultaneous Exam Pittsburgh
October 18 Consecutive/Sight Exam Harrisburg

Sequence 3

Testing Sequence 3
Date Event Location
July 13-14 Orientation Harrisburg
August 16 Written Exam Harrisburg
October 18 Simultaneous Exam Harrisburg
December 5 Consecutive/Sight Exam Philadlephia