Educational interpreters must be certified to work in Michigan public schools. The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), administered through MDE-LIO, can be used as a qualification to help become certified. Learn more about EIPA requirements for certification.

The four-part assessment uses videos of actual classroom settings and interviews with child signers to test a variety of signed language systems and modalities.

Test Dates and Registration

Please note: Due to COVID-19 concerns, EIPA tests (performance and written) will not be held until further notice. We appreciate your patience during this time.

Preparing for the EIPA

There are several ways to effectively prepare for the EIPA, including attending workshops and working with a mentor.

Annual Video Series

Boys Town produces an annual video workshop series, supported by MDE-LIO, to help interpreters prepare for the EIPA. The video conferences also qualify for continuing education units (CEUs). For more information on the series, visit the Boys Town EIPA Distance Courses page or view MDE-LIO Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) Events.

Workshops and Conferences

Events are offered throughout the year to support interpreters and help them prepare for the EIPA. Some events also offer CEUs. Visit the following websites for potential opportunities:

Work With a Mentor

Consider finding a mentor to work with, either through your workplace or through networking contacts. A mentor could be a fellow interpreter or someone who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing who can provide feedback. Video recording can be useful during this process, especially if you are in a remote area.

If you have already taken the EIPA and did not earn a 4.0, review your EIPA Evaluation Report, which identifies specific areas for professional development, and work on these areas with your mentor. 

Getting Your Results

Each interpreter’s performance on the EIPA is assessed and processed by a panel of trained evaluators at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Boys Town cannot promise or guarantee when results will be ready, and results cannot be expedited. For more information, email or call 531-355-5042.

Interpreter Certification Questions

For questions or issues regarding overall requirements for certification, endorsements, or CEUs, contact the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) at or call 517-335-1980.

Each interpreter’s performance on the EIPA is assessed and processed by a panel of trained evaluators at Boys Town National Research Hospital.

EIPA Score Overview

MDE-LIO does not share individual scores but does keep overall data on candidates who have taken the EIPA for certification in Michigan. The information below is current as of October 2019:

  • 200 examinees have passed the EIPA with a 4.0 or higher.
    • Elementary assessment:  132 examinees
    • Secondary assessment:  68 examinees
  • 612 examinees have received a score below 4.0. This data does not include repeat test takers.
  • 1,179 examinees have taken the EIPA, including repeat test takers who received a score below 4.0.