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

Registration is open for the following dates. To register, visit the Boys Town Michigan EIPA registration page.

  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Friday, December 13, 2019

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

MDE-LIO only administers the EIPA. For questions or issues regarding overall requirements for certification, endorsements, or CEUs, contact the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) at or call 517-373-8068.

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 we do keep overall data on candidates who have taken the EIPA for certification in Michigan. The information below is current as of November 2017.

Since the EIPA began in 1991, 157 examinees have passed the EIPA with a 4.0 or higher.

  • Elementary assessment: 102 examinees
  • Secondary assessment: 55 examinees

Within the same time frame, 499 examinees have received a score below 4.0. This data does not include repeat test takers.


Of the 157 examinees who passed the EIPA:

  • 124 graduated from an interpreter training program (ITP) and had more than four years of educational interpreter experience.
  • 33 did not graduate from an ITP and had four years or less of educational interpreter experience.

Areas of Strength and Difficulty

Below are the four parts of the EIPA, ranked in order of examinee proficiency (most proficient to least proficient):

  • Roman Numeral III: Foundational Skills
  • Roman Numeral II: Sign to Voice
  • Roman Numeral I: Classifiers and Space
  • Roman Numeral IV: Discourse Mapping