Board for Evaluation of Interpreters Certification Program

What is the BEI?

The Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) certification program is responsible for testing and certifying the skill level of individuals seeking to become certified interpreters in Texas.

The primary goal of the BEI certification program is to ensure that prospective interpreters are proficient in their ability to meaningfully and accurately comprehend, produce, and transform ASL to and from English.

Additional functions of the BEI program are to:

  • Improve the quality of interpreter services for Texans who are deaf, hard of hearing or who are hearing by administering testing materials that are valid, reliable and legally defensible.
  • Protect the interests of consumers who use interpreter services by regulating the conduct of interpreters certified by the program. See the Complaint Process at BEI Manual, Chapter 2.

How to Apply for Testing

Applicants may submit a completed application form for the desired test and include:

  • An applicable testing fee in the form of a check or money order.
  • A copy of driver's license.
  • A copy of valid certificate card, if applicable
  • An official college transcript.

Applicants may request a test online using the BEI Registry.

Please contact the BEI office for further assistance at