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 Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA)


Educational Interpreters are now required to hold an Educational Interpreter License through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) provides a route toward obtaining this license.

The EIPA is a tool that evaluates the voice-to-sign and sign-to voice skills of interpreters who work in the elementary through secondary classroom using videotape stimulus materials and a procedure that includes a comprehensive rating system. The EIPA is managed by the EIPA Diagnostic Center housed at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

​How to obtain the Educational Interpreter License 

Interpreters Employed with a School System

Educational Interpreters employed with a school system must submit the following information to their employing system for processing.

Application for Certification – An application is required for all transactions submitted to GaPSC for processing.  Interpreters must complete the 3-page application in its entirety.  On page 1 in the Transaction(s) Requested section (#3), interpreters must select the Clear Renewable Certificate option.   At the bottom of the Transaction(s) Requested section (#3) in the Fields for Above Transactions section, interpreters must write in “Educational Interpreter License” on the blank line to specify the field for certification.  The Application for Certification is available for download on our website at http://www.gapsc.com/Certification/FormsAndApplications.aspx.

In addition to the application for certification, interpreters must submit the following documentation to their employing school system for the EI license.   Also, the Employer Assurance form and the ExpressLane coversheet are documents that the employing school system will submit to GaPSC on behalf of the interpreter.

Applying based on the EIPA with a Bachelor’s Degree

  1. Employer Assurance form or an ExpressLane coversheet (completed and submitted by the employing school system).
  2. Application for Certification (the application is available online at http://www.gapsc.com/Certification/FormsAndApplications.aspx).  
  3. Official transcript from an accredited college showing the completed bachelor’s level coursework to include the degree statement.
  4. Copy of an official EIPA score report with raised seal verifying a passing score of 3.5 or higher passed within 5 years of the date of application

OR

Applying based on a valid RID Certification Card

  1. Employer Assurance form or an ExpressLane coversheet (completed and submitted by the employing school system).
  2. Application for Certification (the application is available online at http://www.gapsc.com/Certification/FormsAndApplications.aspx)
  3. Submit a copy of a valid RID certification card

Processing the Information:  Once all documents have been submitted to the employing school system, the school system will submit the documentation to GaPSC electronically for processing.

Interpreters that are not Employed with a School System

Educational Interpreters that are not employed with a school system must submit the following information to GaPSC for processing:

Applying Based on the EIPA with a Bachelor’s Degree

  1. Application for Certification (the application is available online at http://www.gapsc.com/Certification/FormsAndApplications.aspx).
  2. Official transcript from an accredited college showing the completed bachelor’s level coursework to include the degree statement.
  3. Copy of an official EIPA score report with raised seal verifying a passing score of 3.5 or higher passed within 5 years of the date of application.
  4. $20.00 application processing fee payable by money order, cashier’s check or online through MyPSC.

OR

Applying Based on a valid RID Certification Card

  1. Application for Certification (the application is available online at http://www.gapsc.com/Certification/FormsAndApplications.aspx).  
  2. Submit a copy of a valid RID certification card.
  3. $20.00 application processing fee payable by money order, cashier’s check or online through MyPSC.

Questions
If an interpreter has questions about the application process or needs assistance with the documentation, they can contact us by phone at 404-232-2500 or by email at mail@gapsc.com and we’ll be more than happy to assist them.  They can also contact their employing school system if they have questions about the EI application process.