BEI Performance Testing is Back!

MCDHH will resume performance testing for the BEI on April 27. Scheduling will be available on a tiered basis beginning with Missouri residents whose applications were received prior to April 19, 2021, then residents of any state whose applications were received prior to April 19, 2021, then finally scheduling will be open to all eligible applicants. If you did not submit payment with your application, your testing slot will be held for up to one week; if your payment is not received by this time, your testing appointment will be offered to someone else. All BEI performance testing will take place at the MCDHH Office at 3216 Emerald Lane, Suite B, Jefferson City, MO 65109 and will follow MCDHH’s COVID-19 Performance Testing Guidelines. Click here to see the available testing appointment times and use this form to apply to take the performance test.

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MO Residents (application received before April 19, 2021) April 19 April 27
Non-MO Residents (application received before April 19, 2021) April 26 May 3
MO Residents (new applicants) May 3 May 10
Non-MO Residents (new applicants) May 3 2-3 weeks after your application is submitted (MCDHH will contact you after we receive results of your out-of-state check with other BEI testing sites)

TEP Sessions Available May 24 & 26

MCDHH will be offering group sessions of the TEP on May 24 and May 26. There will be two sessions available each day with 10 slots in each. These sessions will be held at the Secretary of State Office Building in Jefferson City, MO and are open to residents of any state. Read the COVID-19 guidelines for the TEP here and use this form to apply to take the test during one of these sessions.

Online Payment Option

Pay for your certification renewal, testing fees, and more with our new online payment platform! Don’t forget to include your payment receipt with your paperwork, or it will be considered incomplete. Access the online payment system here.


Interpreter Certification vs. Licensing: What is the difference?

In this 3 minute video, Pat Adams explains the difference between the certification process and licensing for sign language interpreters in Missouri.

Interpreter Certification

Missouri Interpreters Certification System (MICS)

The MCDHH’s Missouri Interpreters Certification System (MICS) is a quality assurance screening system used to certify sign language interpreters within the State of Missouri. Certification is obtained through a written test and a performance test. Each performance test is evaluated by a team of trained evaluators on a number of factors and the candidate receives one of five certification levels based on their skill. The MICS is governed by the Board for Certification of Interpreters. MICS certifications may be used by the State Committee of Interpreters to satisfy requirements for licensing.

Ethics Requirement: “(3) An interpreter shall be required to earn two (2.0) CEUs annually for certification maintenance in the MICS, with three-tenths (0.3) specifically focused on Ethics. An interpreter may earn up to one (1.0) MICS CEU per year through mentoring, whether as a mentor or as a mentee. Contact hours earned in another state will be accepted by the BCI provided that the hours acquired can be documented. The twelve- (12-) month period for annually earning CEUs will end ninety (90) days prior to the licensing deadline. This section will become effective for the CEU cycle beginning November 3, 2015 and ending November 2, 2016.”

Remember, you should always carry and be ready to produce your current certification and license cards.

Browse the navigation on the right for more information on Interpreter Certification.

Interpreter Licensing

The State Committee of Interpreters will be responsible for promulgating rules for licensure that will include the application, qualifications, required fees, ethical rules of conduct, reciprocity with other states and the procedures for investigating and resolving complaints and violations.

Browse the navigation on the right for information related to Interpreter Licensing or visit their homepage for a complete list of resources and contact information.