Utah Interpreter Program

The State of Utah Certifying & Regulating Body
for American Sign Language Interpreters

Utah Certification Process

The Utah certification process consists of both a Knowledge Exam and a Performance Exam. You must pass both exams to become certified. Candidates must pass the Knowledge Exam before they are permitted to take the Performance Exam. At this time we do not require a college degree but candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have no verified, unresolved citations, Code of Ethics violations, or other issues which may preclude working as a certified interpreter in Utah.

Utah Certification Knowledge Exam

The Utah certification process starts with a 100 multiple-choice Knowledge Exam. A passing score of 80% on the Knowledge Exam is valid for five (5) years. If for any reason certification lapses, retaking the Knowledge Exam will be required if the validation period has expired.

Exams are offered in Salt  Lake City on  Monday, Wednesday and Friday (Saturday of performance testing week is also available) at 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM (depending on proctor and room availability) for up to two (2) hours. Exams are given at The Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 5709 South 1500 West Taylorsville, UT 84123.

You must have an appointment to test. Contact us at uip@utah.gov to schedule your appointment.

This exam is computer-based and results will be given immediately upon completion of exam. If you fail the Knowledge Exam, we have a one week (7 day) wait period before you are allowed to retest. Retesting will require another application and full fee.

The Knowledge Exam will evaluate your knowledge of the profession of interpreting and may include, but is not limited to, the following: 1) Culture (20%) 2) Ethics (40%) 3) Language (ASL and English) (10%) 4) History and Laws (10%) 5) Interpreting (20%).

Study materials may be available to check out for up to thirty (30) days for those who have submitted application and fee. Contact us at uip@utah.gov to check availability of study materials.

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Utah Certification Performance Exam

You must first pass the Utah Knowledge Exam before applying for the Utah Certification Performance Exam. There is no required waiting period for the Performance Exam but you must receive your exam results before you can apply to retest. There is no limit of how many times you are permitted to take the Performance Exam.

To apply, submit completed application with fee at least three (3) weeks prior to exam date (see application due date listed on Exam Schedule). Late payments will not be accepted. If this is a retest, you must receive your testing results before submitting application to retest.

Novice Level Exam consists of three (3) components. Components are Spoken English to Sign, Sign to Spoken English and Role Play. You must pass all three components in one exam to become Novice Level Certified. If you do not pass all three components, you will be required to retest on all three components.

Professional Level Exam consists of five (5) components. Components are Spoken English to American Sign Language, American Sign Language to Spoken English, Spoken English to English Bound Signing, English Bound Signing to Spoken English and Role Play. After passing any components, you will have a one year time frame to complete remainder of components not passed. You will only be required to pay for number of actual testing components. You will be required to start over and retest on all five components if you do not pass remaining components in this one year time frame. Professional Exam offers two options. Exam can be split into two sessions, your ASL components on one day and your Transliterating components on another day or all five components in one session. Please note your testing preference on your application.

Performance testing criteria for both Novice and Professional exams are available by clicking on the links below.

Novice Testing Criteria
Professional Testing Criteria

You will be notified by email of your scheduled testing appointment approximately one week before testing. Please contact our office if you do not receive your appointment confirmation. Be sure to read all emails thoroughly for instructions regarding your exam.

You will receive an email of your testing topics the day before your appointment. Please contact our office if you do not receive your topic email.

The process of rating and compiling results can take 12 to 16 weeks. Results will be sent to you by email.

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