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February 26, 2020

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are scheduled through Washington State's coordinating entity, currently ULS and formerly CTS LanguageLink. The contract performance reports and fill rate by language and by county are posted on HCA’s website


July 2019                  $41.00

July 2018                  $39.76

July 2017                  $38.50

July 2016                  $38.00

July 2015                  $37.10

July 2014                  $32.50
July 2013                  $32.00
July 2012                  $31.50
July 2011                  $30.00

        2010                  $21.00


SFY2018                    406,007

SFY2017                    383,583

SFY2016                    359,750

SFY2015                     327,737

SFY2014                     282,636

SFY2013                     228,561

SFY2012                     201,576
SFY2011                     196,000


SFY2016                 15,836

SFY2015                 16,782

SFY2014                  15,943

SFY2013                  15,556

SFY2012                  10,234

SFY2011                  17,700

 HCA (Medicaid) BUDGET

Jul 2013/Jun 2015             $25.1M

Jul 2011/Jun 2013             $18.1M

Jul 2009/Jun 2011             $23.0M

A modified procurement model began on July 1, 2011

The coordinating entity procurement model began on September 24, 2012.

The new coordinating entity, ULS took over the contract on July 1, 2018.

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Educational, Developmental, and Training Opportunities
Updated On: Dec 14, 2017

Professionalizing Interpreting

Since its inception, Interpreters United has sought to improve the quality of the interpreter services provided in Washington State. DSHS has been certifying and authorizing spoken language interpreters since 1993. However, this interpreter certifying body has no mandatory training or orientation as part of its accreditation process, no criminal background check and no continuing education to maintain the credential.

A 2012 study by the Institute for Justice informs that Washington State licenses 54 of the 102 low- to moderate-income occupations studied, and averages $152 in fees and 199 days in required training. Unlike DSHS interpreters, massage therapists must undergo 117 days of training and manicurists and skin care specialists must complete 140 days of training. Meanwhile, it takes 233 days of training to become a barber and 373 days to become a cosmetologist. Below please find a compairaison with other spoken language certifying bodies.

Certifying Body

Mandatory Training

Continuing Education


60 hours

30 hours every 3 years


40 hours

32 hours every 4 years


40 hours

30 hours every 5 years


16 hours

16 hours every 2 years

OR HCA: Oregon State Health Care Interpreter Program, Health Care Authority

CCHI: Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters

NBCMI: National Board for the Certification of Medical Interpreters, a division of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA)

WA AOC: Washington State Court Interpreter Program, Administrative Office of the Courts

Washington State interpreters are lucky to have many resources here in our state to increase our professional knowledge and skills.  Below are a selection of resources available to you as a professional interpreter.

Washington State Certificate Programs:

Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program at Bellevue College

Language Interpreting Certificate Program at Pierce College

Healthcare Interpreter Certificate Program at Highline Community College

Spanish Medical Interpreter Certificate Program at Everett Community College 

Spanish Medical Interpreter Certificate Program at Walla Walla Community College

Interpreter Trainings:

Medical Interpreter Training by Seattle-based Cross Cultural Health Care's Bridging the Gap Program
*****WFSE/AFSCME members receive a $100 discount for this program!

Puget Sound Skills Center Translation & Interpretation Program 

Healthcare Interpreter Trainings by Connecting Cultures

The Community Interpreter

Cross Cultural Communications

University of Arizona, National Center for Interpretation, Agnese Haury Institute


Online Courses: 

ATA Annual Conference

ATA Webinar Series

Connecting Cultures

De La Mora Interpreter Training

Coursera’s eCPD Webinars

Interpreter Education Online

Interpretrain Webinars

iTunes U

Massive Open Online Courses


Vocabulary Development:

Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP) offers many resources for interpreters, including medical glossaries in over 23 languages!  Visit CCHCP's online store to learn more.

Interpreter and Translator Associations:

Many of our associations are also very active in putting on professional development programs  Please check their websites for more current program offerings.

Language Access Organizations:

Some non-profit organizations, dedicated to assisting state and local agencies to understand and comply with their obligations under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, offer great training opportunities to interpreters.

Please contact [email protected] if you have an upcoming professional development / training opportunity in or near Washington State which you would like for us to consider listing on our events calendar.

Upcoming Events
District 9 SE WA Meeting
Mar 05, 2020
Round Table Pizza
Spring Statewide Mtg & Workshop
Apr 25, 2020
Summer Statewide Mtg & Workshop
Aug 01, 2020
Fall Statewide Mtg & Workshop
Oct 17, 2020
ATA Annual Conference
Oct 21, 2020
Need an interpreter?

How to hire an interpreter or translator

Get resources for working with interpreters here.

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