The Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) certification program of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) certifies the skill level of people seeking to become certified interpreters in Wisconsin.
The primary goal BEI 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 BEI is broken into three levels of certification: basic, advanced, and master.
All three levels of the BEI performance assessment are now offered in Wisconsin.
Prior to being eligible to take any of the performance assessments, interpreters are required to take and pass the Test of English Proficiency (TEP).
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Prior to being eligible to take any of the performance assessments, individuals are required to take and pass the Test of English Proficiency (TEP)
After passing the TEP, an interpreter is eligible to take a BEI interpreter performance test.
Interpreters who have received a BEI certification through DHS are required to maintain their certification by completing four continuing education units (CEUs) every two years.
For more information about BEI, see our answers to frequently asked questions.