1.9 Five-Year Certificate Recertification

(Revised 12/0904/11)

Each certificate holder must earn continuing education units (CEUs) during the five-year certification period. See 1.9.2 Continuing Education Units. At the end of the five-year period, certificate holders must apply to recertify their certificates for an additional five years. For more information about obtaining CEUs, see the BEI Study Guide for General Interpreter Certification Candidates (in PDF).

A DARS DHHS staff member may send notification letters to certificate holders of certificate renewal at least 60 days before the expiration date. A certificate holder's failure to receive notice does not prevent the expiration of a certificate. To recertify, the certificate holder must

  • complete Form 3911, Five-Year Recertification, or Form 3922, Multiple-Certificate Five-Year Recertification, and attach
    • a check, money order, or cashier’s check for the renewal fee, and
    • copies of documentation for the CEUs earned during the certification period; and
  • before the date of expiration, mail the items to DARS DHHS.

1.9.1 Five-Year Certificate Expiration

(Revised 07/12)

A certificate holder's certificate expires if the five-year recertification requirements are not satisfied by the expiration date. When a certificate expires for not satisfying the CEUs requirement and nonpayment of recertification fee, the holder is notified by certified mail. State mail is not forwarded, and if a certificate holder moves, he or she must notify DARS DHHS of the address change. When a certificate expires, the certificate holder’s name will no longer appear on the list of certified interpreters on the DARS website. Continuing to interpret in any situation where an interpreter certificate is required is a violation of DARS rules when the only certification held is an expired BEI certificate.

1.9.2 Continuing Education Units

(Revised 12/0907/12)

Each certificate holder must earn a total of 10.0 CEUs (100 clock hours) during the five-year certification period in the amounts and topics as stipulated in the following to be eligible for recertification:

  • 6.0 CEUs (60 clock hours) in interpreting-related topics;
  • 2.0 CEUs (20 clock hours) in ethics-related topics; and
  • 2.0 CEUs (20 clock hours) in general studies.

See the Procedures for the Five-Year Renewal Cycle. See also Chapter 4: Court Interpreter Certification and Chapter 6: Trilingual Certification for court and trilingual CEU requirements.

A certificate holder using college coursework towards CEUs must submit an official college transcript to verify the required credit.

Ethics Classes and Workshops Not Approved by DARS DHHS

To receive CEU credit for classes and workshops that have not been approved by DARS DHHS, a certificate holder must provide the following:

  • a course description that provides sufficient information to determine material covered,
  • recertification paperwork, and
  • a letter from the teaching professor to verify the amount of time spent on the material by topic.

1.9.3 Insufficient CEUs for Recertification

(Revised 04/1107/12)

A certificate holder's certification expires when the certificate holder does not earn the required amount of CEUs by the five-year recertification due date. A certificate holder has 364 days from the date the certification expired due to insufficient CEUs to submit CEU documentation to DARS DHHS to meet the CEU requirements as outlined in 1.9.2 Continuing Education Units.

1.9.4 Recertification by Testing

A certificate holder with an expired certification may obtain a new certificate by applying for testing and complying with established eligibility requirements.