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
Boys Town National Research Hospital handles registration for the EIPA.
Registration opens on March 16 for the following EIPA test dates in Lansing:
- June 19, 2020
- June 24, 2020
More summer test dates will be announced soon.
- Visit the Boys Town EIPA Browse for Training page and scroll down to “Michigan 2020 EIPA Performance Test” or “Michigan 2020 EIPA Written Test.”
- Click on the applicable test, then read through the registration information at the top of the page.
- Choose a test date and time and click “Add to Cart.”
- Follow the prompts to continue (note that a credit card is required to pay the $350 test fee and complete your registration).
For registration questions or issues, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 531-355-5042.
Registration automatically closes five days before the test date. Seats are limited, so make sure to register as soon as possible.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.