In 2014, MCDHH began leasing the BEI (Board for Evaluation of Interpreters) certification exam from the State of Texas due to its proven validity and reliability. Rules were updated to reflect the changes to the new testing system which included: increasing the educational requirement to become an interpreter and the number of professional development hours required to maintain certification.
The State of Missouri is currently offering the following exams:
To schedule your exam, please contact Laurie Lister; Office Support Specialist at (573) 526-5205 or Laurie.Lister@mcdhh.mo.gov
**All CDI applicants should contact the State of Texas to complete their CDI exam process.
ELIGIBILITY TO TAKE BEI
To be eligible for certification in the Missouri Interpreters Certification System (MICS), each applicant must:
An applicant who is currently certified at the Novice, Apprentice, RCED, Basic, Advanced or Master levels by MICS and applies for a higher level of certification is not required to meet this educational requirement.
A comprehensive study guide is available to help you prepare for Written and Performance tests.
The Test of English Proficiency (TEP) is an 80 multiple choice question exam. You will have 75 minutes in order to complete the test. This test is a requirement for all interpreters prior to taking the performance test. The written TEP must be passed before being eligible to take the performance test. The written portion of the certification process was developed to evaluate an applicant’s English skills and it is made up of five parts:
Upon passing the TEP, an applicant is eligible to take the BEI performance test. Each level of certification has its own performance test. An interpreter earns the corresponding level of certification if the minimum requirement to pass is met.
TAKING THE MO-BEI
There are three distinct Interpreter Performance Tests – Basic, Advanced, and Master. The tests are similar in terms of the sections they contain and the tasks they ask the candidates to perform. The tests differ principally in terms of their complexity. In these tests, there are several factors that add to the complexity of the tests:
MO-BEI BASIC TEST
The content of the Basic test focuses primarily on the language found in routine educational and social service settings, as determined by the empirical job analysis of incumbent interpreters. Examples of possible topics include K-12 classroom presentations by students or teachers, special school assemblies, homework assignments, school memos, informational meetings or orientations, and so on.
Components of the Basic Level Test include:
MO-BEI ADVANCED TEST
The content of the Advanced Test focuses primarily on the language found in a variety of high-stakes settings, such as routine medical, social service, K-12 and higher education, routine mental health, and routine quasi-legal, as determined by the empirical job analysis of incumbent interpreters. Examples of possible topics include post-secondary student and professor classroom presentations, professional development seminars, doctor or dentist visits, application for services, employment forms, counseling sessions, and so on.
Components of the Advanced Level Test include:
MO-BEI MASTER TEST
The content of the Master test focuses on the language found in a variety of complex high-stakes settings, such as medical, mental health, quasi-legal, and educational settings as determined by an empirical job analysis of incumbent interpreters. Examples of possible topics include patient information forms, intake forms, contracts or contract negotiations, meetings with medical specialists, special education meetings, and so on.
Components of the Master Level Test include:
WHAT TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR RENEWAL
November 2 – CEU Deadline
All 2.0 CEUs (with 0.3 in ethics) should be earned by this date. Pay the late fee ($20) to use CEUs earned after this deadline. Late CEUs used for this year’s renewal may not be used toward next year’s renewal.
Please submit the following if all CEUs were earned by November 2nd:
November 3 – New CEU Cycle
Starting on this date, you can start earning CEUs for next year’s certification renewal. CEUs earned before this date are not eligible to count for next year’s 2.0 CEUs.
Please submit the following:
December 2 – Renewal Postmark Deadline
Make sure all of your renewal paperwork is accurate, complete, and postmarked by this date. In addition to incurring a late fee ($20), submitting a renewal after this deadline risks not receiving your new certification card by December 15.
December 15 – Invalidation Date & Beginning of Reinstatement Period
If you do not have your new certification card by this date, you are not credentialed to interpret in the State of Missouri until you receive it. Your certification from the previous year is now invalid. Renewal paperwork postmarked after this date must include a reinstatement form and the accompanying reinstatement fee ($60).
Please submit the following:
RECENTLY CERTIFIED INTERPRETERS CEU REQUIREMENTS:
MCDHH First Year Interpreter CEU Requirements
Number of CEUs needed for partial years
Full year = 2.0 (20 hours)
November = 2.0 (20 hours)
December = 1.8 (18 hours)
January = 1.7 (17 hours)
February = 1.5 (15 hours)
March = 1.3 (13 hours)
April = 1.2 (12 hours)
May = 1.0 (10 hours)
June = 0.8 (8 hours)
July = 0.7 (7 hours)
August = 0.5 (5 hours)
September = .3 (3 hours)
October = .17 (2 hours)
Number of Ethics CEUs needed for partial years
Full year = .3 (3 hours)
November = .3 (3 hours)
December = .3 (3 hours)
January = .25 (3 hours)
February = .225 (2 hours)
March = .19 (2 hours)
April = .175 (2 hours)
May = .15 (2 hours)
June = .12 (1 hour)
July = .1 (1 hour)
August = .075 (1 hour)
September = .0499999 (1 hour)
October = .025 (1 hour)
If this is your first year certified in the BEI, welcome! You are required to submit the appropriate pro-rated number of CEUs.
Contact our office if you have questions about the number you need to earn.
ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT
What if you are attending an event that is not currently established as a CEU workshop, but it applies to your scope of practice, and you want it to count for CEUs? :
What happens after submission of a workshop proposal/CEU request? :
MISSOURI INTERPRETERS CERTIFICATION SYSTEM (MICS)
The MCDHH’s Missouri Interpreters Certification System (MICS) is a quality assurance screening system used to certify sign language interpreters within the State of Missouri. Certification is obtained through a written test and a performance test. Each performance test is evaluated by a team of trained evaluators on a number of factors and the candidate receives one of three certification levels (Basic, Advanced, Master) based on their skill.
The MICS is governed by the Board for Certification of Interpreters (see tab). MICS certifications may be used by the State Committee of Interpreters (SCI) to satisfy requirements for licensing.
CERTIFICATION TESTING CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED IN MISSOURI
The BEI exam, conceived in Texas, is leased annually. It replaced Missouri’s previous certification system, as it was deemed to be a more valid and reliable exam to assess an interpreter’s abilities in the profession of interpreting.
OTHER CERTIFICATIONS IN MISSOURI
A student, registered in an Interpreter Training Program (ITP) approved by the BCI, and required to interpret in order to fulfill the curriculum requirements for an internship or practicum course, may apply for and be granted an Intern/Practicum Certification. This certificate is limited to the length of time you are enrolled in an ITP program.
PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION (PCED)
A Provisional Certificate in Education (PCED) is available for individuals who wish to interpret only in preschool, elementary, and/or secondary school settings. This certificate is limited to one year and is not renewable.
Interpreters who only want to provide interpreting services in elementary and/or secondary school settings may be granted a Restricted Certification in Education (RCED). An RCED is annually renewable.
The two types of Restricted Certifications:
**Both of these certifications can be obtained only by conversion from the Educational Interpreters Performance Assessment (EIPA) system, with a score of 4.0 or higher. The EIPA Elementary converts to MICS RCED (K-6), and the EIPA Secondary converts to the MICS RCED (7-12).
PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATION (AKA LEARNER’S PERMIT)
To obtain the Provisional Certification (aka Learner’s Permit), an applicant must pass the written Test of English Proficiency, and receive a non-passing score on the Basic Performance Test.
Purpose: Interpreters practicing interpreting in the settings specified in this information as presented should hold one of the certifications listed as appropriate for interpreting in those settings. However, interpreters should accept, refuse or withdraw from assignments based upon their experience, capability and certification level.
According to Section 5 CSR 100-200.170 this rule provides standards concerning the certification levels appropriate for consumers and interpreters to practice in various interpreting settings.
(1) These standards are developed to protect the health, welfare, and safety of consumers. These standards are not intended to be all-inclusive regarding potential interpreting assignments. The standards show both consumers and interpreters the skill levels that are appropriate for interpreting in various settings. Should questions regarding specific areas of practice arise, see the Ethical Rules of Professional Conduct established by the Missouri State Committee of Interpreters at 20 CSR 2232-3.010. (2) Interpreters must accept, refuse, or withdraw from assignments based upon their experience, capability, and certification level, and in compliance with the Ethical Rules of Conduct established by the Missouri State Committee of Interpreters at 20 CSR 2232-1.010. (3) Interpreters must provide their certification level and license status upon request. (4) For the purpose of this rule, certifications in the Missouri Interpreters Certification System (MICS) are referred to as follows:
(A) Master Certification = Master
(B) Advanced Certification =Adv.
(C) Basic Certification = Basic
(D) Restricted Certification in Education (K-6) = RCED (K-6)
(E) Restricted Certification in Education (7-12) = RCED (7-12)
(F) Restricted Certification in Education (General) = RCED (Gen)
(G) Provisional Certificate in Education = PCED
(H) Provisional Certification (aka Learner’s Permit) = LP
(I) Certified Deaf Interpreter = CDI
Conversions of certifications from outside the State of Missouri, may or may not be accepted by Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) and Board of Certified Interpreters (BCI). Each application is reviewed on a case by case basis. Some conversions can bypass MCDHH altogether. Please review the Conversion Application Packet for information regarding your certification, possibly equivalency level, and steps of the conversion process.