EIPA Overview

Educational interpreters must be certified to work in Michigan public schools. The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) is one route interpreters can take toward gaining certification. It is administered through MDE-LIO, and results are processed by Boys Town National Research Hospital.

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.

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 visit the MDE-LIO Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) Events section.

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 Christine Grassmeyer at christine.grassmeyer@boystown.org.

Interpreter Certification Process

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 bplhelp@michigan.gov or call 517-373-8068.