Welcome Educational Interpreters

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One of the primary objectives of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education Initiative 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

Please note that there are usually no Performance Tests offered in January or February in New Hampshire because of the chance of inclement weather.

Upcoming EIPA Written Test Dates

New Hampshire doesn’t currently offer the EIPA Written Test, but the Education Initiative is working to provide Written Test proctors in 2017. 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.
57 Regional Drive
Concord, NH, 03301


Performance Test: $335 through June 30, 2017, $350 thereafter

Written Test: $250.00

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

How To Register

Click one of the links under “Upcoming EIPA Performance test dates” in the left hand column or click Calendar from the menu at the top of the screen and scroll to the date for which you would like to take the test. The test registration form is contained within the calendar entry. Complete the form and click Submit.

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

If you have any questions about the EIPA, please contact the Education Initiative (opens new tab).