Welcome Educational Interpreters

One of the primary objectives of the Education and Resource Center is to provide professional development opportunities and resources to those who work with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. We have created this page specifically for educational interpreters of all stripes – whether you’re a new educational interpreter or have 5 or 10 years’ experience. Please seek out this page often and if you have a suggestion for a resource for this page, please contact us.   


The EIPA is a tool designed to evaluate the voice-to-sign and sign-to-voice interpreting skills of interpreters who work in the elementary and secondary school classroom setting. There is both a written and a performance section to the EIPA. The written portion is a pass/fail assessment and the performance portion is an assessment with a rating range of 1-5, with 5 being the highest score one can attain.

To be an educational interpreter certified through the New Hampshire Department of Education a person:

  • Must hold a minimum of an Associate’s degree
  • Receive a passing grade on the EIPA Written test

In addition, that person needs to meet one of the following requirements:

  • Pass the EIPA Performance with a score of 3.5 or better
  • Hold a current national certification from either the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or the National Association of the Deaf
  • Or hold an Educational Interpreter certification from another state whose standards are equivalent to New Hampshire’s standards

To learn more about the EIPA, visit Classroom Interpreting’s website (opens new tab).  There are separate pages for the EIPA (opens new tab), the Written Test (opens new tab), and the Performance Test (opens new tab).

Upcoming EIPA Performance test dates

  • Saturday June 23rd 2018… To request for a testing session; e-mail EIPA@ndhhs.org

Upcoming EIPA Written Test Dates

New Hampshire doesn’t currently offer the EIPA Written Test, but the New Hampshire Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education and Resource Center is working to provide Written Test proctors in 2018. We recommend taking the Written Test in either Maine or Massachusetts. A list of Approved Proctors is available from ClassroomInterpreting.org (opens new tab).

Test location

Northeast Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services, Inc.
56 Old Suncook Road Suite 6
Concord, NH, 03301


Performance Test: $350 for Boys Town National Research Hospital and $50 for Testing Site Fee <$400> *additional fees may be applied for interpreters that are not from New Hampshire*

Written Test: $250.00 for Boys Town National Research Hospital and $50 for Testing Site Fee <$300>   *additional fees may be applied for interpreters that are not from New Hampshire*

Please note that Boys Town National Research Hospital sets the costs for the EIPA tests.

How To Register

Send an email to the current test proctor at EIPA@ndhhs.org.

The deadline for registering for the Performance test is usually the one week before the test date.

If you have any questions about registering for the EIPA test, please contact the Education Resource Center (opens new tab).