Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI)

This DARS DHHS 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.

A list of certificates and descriptions

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. This is achieved by administering testing materials that are valid, reliable and legally defensible. Validity FAQ
  • To protect the interests of consumers of interpreter services by regulating the conduct of interpreters certified by the program. See Complaint Process at BEI Manual, Chapter 1.14.

Important BEI Updates

10/1/2014: A new BEI fee schedule has been adopted. Read more

New Eligibility Requirements to take the BEI Test

Eligibility Requirements.

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

  1. applicable testing fee in the form of a check or money order,

  2. copy of driver's license, and

  3. official college transcript.

Please contact the BEI office for further assistance at bei@dars.state.tx.us.



BEI General Study Guide

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Certificates Awarded
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BEI Test Validity
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