Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment

The​ ​​EIPA​​ ​is​ ​a​ ​required​ ​component​ ​of​ ​license​ ​renewal​ ​for​ ​all​ ​PK-12​ ​educational interpreters.​ Please see below for the guidelines for those who have never been assessed, educational interpreters, and interpreters who have previously been awarded licensure.

EIPA Score Changes for Educational Interpreter Renewals

The State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Deaf/Hard of Hearing Programs recommended and the DPI has accepted that the required EIPA Performance score for the renewable educational interpreter license be set at 3.3 beginning July 1, 2019 and be set at 3.5 beginning July 1, 2020.

EIPA Performance assessments that are taken on or before June 30, 2019, we will accept the 3.0 passing score. EIPA Performance assessments that are taken between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 will need to post a 3.3 or better for renewal. EIPA Performance assessments that are taken on or after July 1, 2020 will need to post a 3.5 or better for renewal.

EIPA Score Set for Obtaining an Educational Interpreter License

The State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Deaf/Hard of Hearing Programs recommended and the DPI has accepted that the required EIPA Performance score for the initial educational interpreter license should be 3.3 beginning July 1, 2019. It will also be required that an applicant show proof of passing the EIPA written exam.

Never Assessed or Licensed Educational Interpreters

  • Must take the EIPA written $250.
  • Must take the EIPA performance $350.
  • Interpreters can take the written or performance in any order.
  • Must pay the full cost of the exam, and will not be reimbursed.

Interpreters Previously Awarded Licensure

  • Only required to take the EIPA performance exam every 5 years.
  • Educational Interpreters must proceed to the BoysTown website, pick a test date, and pay $350 for the performance exam.
  • Qualify for a $250 reimbursement after showing proof of obtaining a satisfactory score on their EIPA performance.
  • By allowing Outreach to receive a copy your exam results, we will process your reimbursement of the $250.

Registration


Interpreters proceed to the EIPA (Boys Town) website (scroll down to Wisconsin). Pick out a test date, pay for the exam (all on the EIPA website), then arrive at the location for your exam.

A​ ​confirmation​ ​letter​ ​with​ ​your​ ​date​ ​and​ ​time​ ​will​ ​be​ ​sent​ ​once​ ​your​ ​online​ ​registration​ ​and payment​ ​have​ ​been​ ​received.

All​ ​​EIPA​​ ​tapes​ ​are​ ​scored​ ​by​ ​teams​ ​at​ ​Boys​ ​Town​ ​National​ ​Research​ ​Hospital;​ ​​EIPA​​ ​Diagnostic​ ​Center. Expect​ ​four​ ​to​ ​six​ ​months​ ​to​ ​get​ ​your​ ​results​.​ Your​ ​test​ ​results​ ​include​ ​a​ ​comprehensive​ ​diagnostic report.

For​ ​license​ ​renewal,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​strongly​ ​suggested​ ​that​ ​you​ ​take​ ​the​ ​​EIPA​​ ​​at​ ​least​ ​one​ ​year​ ​prior​​ ​to​ ​the expiration​ ​date​ ​of​ ​your​ ​license.​ ​​For​ ​those​ ​whose​ ​license​ ​expires​ ​anytime​ ​during​ ​the​ ​next​ ​school​ ​year, schedule​ ​the​ ​test​ ​for​ ​this​ ​summer.​ ​You​ ​are​ ​encouraged​ ​to​ ​take​ ​the​ ​​EIPA​​ ​early​ ​to​ ​avoid​ ​last​ ​minute​ ​stress.

Visit the DPI Educational Interpreter Licensing Information webpage to learn more. If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​any​ ​questions​ ​regarding​ ​the​ ​​EIPA​​ ​process​ ​in​ ​Wisconsin,​ ​please​ ​contact​ ​Keith Burisek, Interpreter Specialist, keith.burisek@wesp-dhh.wi.gov​.​ If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​questions​ ​for​ ​staff​ ​in​ ​licensing,​ ​please​ ​contact​ ​Ariana Baker​ ​at ariana.baker@dpi.wi.gov.