Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment

Each EIPA testing proctor (and each state) will determine a timeline for providing testing and will update their schedules accordingly.

 

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 3.5 beginning July 1, 2020.

The 3.5 score requirement can be satisfied with an EIPA Performance assessment taken at any time during the educational interpreter’s career.

EIPA test records may be obtained by contacting Keith Burisek at keith.burisek@wesp-dhh.wi.gov. Records requests may incur a fee from BoysTown.

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.

Scholarships Available

WisRID has testing scholarships available. Please visit their Performance Scholarship page for more information.

Interpreters Previously Awarded Licensure

  • Educational Interpreters 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.
  • For more specifics on license renewal, visit DPI’s ELO Application for Renewing Other Licenses webpage.

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.

Registration FAQ

Get answers to frequently asked questions about registering for the EIPA.

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 Information and Resources 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.