Section A:

To apply for or to take any examination for a BEI Certificate, an applicant must

  • be at least 18 years old;
  • have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent; and
  • not have a criminal conviction that could qualify as grounds for denial, probation, suspension, or revocation of a BEI certificate, or other disciplinary action against any holder of a BEI certificate.

Section B:

To take the written Test of English Proficiency, an applicant must have

  • met all the criteria above; and
  • earned at least 30 credit hours from an accredited college or university, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Section C:

To take a BEI performance test, an applicant must have

  • met all the criteria in subsection A of this section;
  • earned a passing score on the Test of English Proficiency, unless the applicant is applying for a specialty certificate; and
  • earned an associate degree and/or a minimum of 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, unless the applicant is applying for a specialty certificate or except as provided in subsections E and F of this section.

Section D:

To apply for and to be issued a BEI certificate, an applicant must have

  • met all criteria in subsection (a) of this section; and
  • earned an associate degree and/or a minimum of 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, except as provided in subsections E and F of this section; and
  • earned a passing score on the requisite examination for the certificate level sought.

Section E:

A BEI certificate holder who holds an active and valid BEI certificate awarded as a result of proceedings initiated before January 1, 2012, is exempt from the educational or degree requirements in subsections B, C, and D of this section, as long as the BEI certificate remains active and valid.

Section F:

A BEI certificate holder who holds an active and valid BEI certificate awarded as a result of proceedings initiated before January 1, 2012, and who applies for an additional BEI certificate level after January 1, 2012, may be exempt from the educational or degree requirements of subsections B, C, and D of this section, if, at the time the certificate holder applies for, takes, and passes any BEI examination for the additional certificate, the BEI certificate holder

  • has an active and valid BEI certificate that is fully compliant with BEI's annual certificate renewal and five-year recertification rules and requirements;
  • is not under any type of active or pending disciplinary action from BEI or DHHS; and
  • satisfies all other rules and requirements applicable to the additional BEI certificate level sought. Section G: A certified interpreter wanting to take a higher level BEI performance test must have the following prerequisite certificate for the corresponding BEI performance test:
Prerequisite Certificate BEI Performance Test

BEI—Level I, Basic, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Level V

*RID—Comprehensive Skills Certificate (CSC), Certificate of Interpreting (CI), Certificate of Transliteration (CT), **National Interpreter Certification (NIC), NIC Advanced, NIC Master

Advanced

BEI—Level III, Level IV, Level V, OC:C, or Advanced

RID—CSC, CI/CT, NIC Advanced or NIC Master

Master

Level III Intermediary

Level V Intermediary

Level I Oral or OC:B

Oral Certificate: Comprehensive (OC:C)

*Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

**National Association of the Deaf—Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, National Interpreter Certification

Holders of RID, NIC, or certification from another state must submit a copy of their certification for verification purposes if applying for the Advanced or Master Performance test.