Board for Evaluation of Interpreters

WITA Completion Announcement

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), in collaboration with the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), determined that the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) would serve as a successor to the Wisconsin Interpreting and Transliterating Assessment (WITA). As of Sept. 1, 2016, DSPS began accepting BEI certifications from other states as ODHH worked on getting the contract for BEI to be offered in Wisconsin. After receiving feedback from the community, we’ve decided that WITA will be offered one more time. Please see the WITA webpage for more information on the final test dates.

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WITA Permanent Status

ODHH is offering a WITA permanent status option to individuals who currently have a valid WITA passing status. Individuals who have taken and passed the WITA since March 2017 are eligible to apply. The WITA permanent status ensures a current and valid WITA passing status for the purpose of the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) restricted license renewals.

To apply for the WITA permanent status, fill out and submit the WITA Permanent Status Request Form (PDF). This request form will be available until June 30, 2019.

To learn more about the WITA permanent status, please see the BEI FAQ webpage.

If you have any questions about the WITA permanent status, please email the BEI inbox.

BEI's primary goal is to ensure that prospective interpreters are proficient in their ability to meaningfully and accurately comprehend, produce, and transform American Sign Language (ASL) to and from English. The performance portion of the BEI is broken into three levels of certification: basic, advanced, and master. Prior to being eligible to take any of the performance assessments, individuals are required to take and pass the Test of English Proficiency (TEP). All three levels of the BEI performance assessment will eventually be offered in Wisconsin; however, we will focus our initial efforts on establishing the TEP and BEI Basic. Once we have them in place, we will then turn our efforts towards offering BEI Advanced and Master certifications.

For more information, see our BEI Frequently Asked Questions or subscribe for email updates.

Last Revised: February 15, 2019