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.

Opportunity for Public Comment on Board for Evaluation of Interpreters Certification Program

The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS), is seeking public input and written comment on potential changes to the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) certification program. The public will be able to provide input at the BEI advisory meeting and the BEI forum at the Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (TSID) conference. Information regarding the current program and potential changes can be found here. http://www.dars.state.tx.us/councils/bei/CurrentBEI_3-14-14.docx.

March 28, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Board for Evaluation of Interpreters Advisory Meeting
MCM Elegante Hotel and Conference Center
2355 IH-10 South
Beaumont, Texas 77705

6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (TSID) Conference
Board for Evaluation of Interpreters Forum
MCM Elegante Hotel and Conference Center
2355 IH-10 South
Beaumont, Texas 77705

Persons who have communication or other accommodation needs who are planning to attend a public hearing should contact the DARS Inquiries Line at 1-800-628-5115 or by email at DARS.Inquiries@dars.state.tx.us. Request for accommodations should be made five business days before the date of the hearing.

DARS will be taking written comment until Friday March 28, 2014. Written comments may be submitted electronically to angela.bryant@dars.state.tx.us or sent by postal mail to:

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Attention: Angela Bryant
PO Box 12904
Austin, Texas 78711


Important BEI Updates


  • 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
Summary or Detailed