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Initial Educational Interpreter Authorization

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This checklist is for applicants seeking an educational interpreter authorization for the first time or seeking to renew an educational interpreter authorization that has been expired for more than one year. If you are seeking to renew a valid authorization, please review the other checklists and make the appropriate selection.

Plan Ahead

  • You will need electronic copies of all documentation.
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  • Allow ample time to request any third party transcripts or other documentation
Application Fee:

$90.00 in-state

$110.00 out-of-state

Authorization Expires:

5 years from date of issue



  • Submit fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
    • If you already hold a valid, CDE-issued educational credential and have consistently maintained an active credential (authorization or license) since you submitted your fingerprints, you can skip this step. We reserve the right to evaluate your application for adherence to the fingerprint requirements and will notify you by email should any follow-up be needed.
    • If you have submitted fingerprints for CDE credentialing in the past, but allowed all credentials to lapse, you must submit a new set of fingerprints.

    View Fingerprinting Instructions )


  • Copies of current or expired educator licenses/authorizations.
    • This is required for out-of-state applicants and strongly encouraged for in-state applicants.
  • Obtain official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended indicating that you have earned a minimum of an Associate's Degree in Educational Interpreting or related field.  This would include any transfer credits that led to your degree earned. ( View Transcript Requirements )
  • Transcripts from institutions outside the US must be in English or include an authentic English translation AND have been evaluated by a NACES-member organization for course-by-course equivalence.
  • Certificate for passing the written Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) exam
  • Official results for the exam appropriate to your specialty:
    • Sign Language Interpreter: Passing score of 3.5 or higher on the EIPA or current certification with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) 
    • Cued Speech Transliterator: A score of 4.0 or higher on the EIPA-Cued Speech exam or a passing score on the Cued Language Transliterator National Certification Exam (CLTNCE)
    • Oral Interpreter: current Oral Transliterator Certificate (OTC) from RID


** Please note: An applicant whose authorization has lapsed for one year or more is required to re-take the appropriate assessment(s). **



  • Within the application you must include employment history for at least the past 5 years.
    • Include employer/business name, dates of employment, reason for leaving, work addresses, supervisor names, and contact information.


  • If applicable, obtain supporting documentation on the following:
    • Past criminal history
    • Disciplinary actions
    • Any issues related to licensure or employment

    View Self-Disclosure Requirements )


Once you have gathered all required documentation and have reviewed the rules governing the licensure process, you are ready to complete and submit an Educational Interpreter application.

Important Reminders:

  • An application is deemed complete when CDE has received all required information, documentation and fees.
  • By submitting an application, you are verifying that the application is complete and that all questions within have been answered truthfully.
  • CDE will contact you via email or automated text within 45 days of receipt of your application should additional information be required to complete and evaluate your application. You will have 60 days from the date of notification to submit the information, request consideration or withdraw your application.
  • CDE will not evaluate your application prior to receipt of your background checks.
  • State statute prohibits the refunding of any application evaluation fee.
  • Once you have submitted an application, check your status online regularly for notifications and updates or upon issuance, to print a copy of your certificate.

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For questions, email or call 303-866-6628.