Test Locations


DSHS LTC Tests are currently administered in-person in one of the following locations.  


  Office Building 2 (OB-2) - Human Services Building (HSB)

  1115 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98504

  Address and Directions PDF

  Year-round testing


  Sunnyside CSO (Yakima County) (Starting December 2023)

  DSHS Sunnyside Community Services Office

  Sunnyside, WA 98944

  Address and Directions PDF  

 (For December and January testing, please refer to the homepage for updated information: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/office-of-the-secretary/language-testing-and-certification-program)


II. Third-Party Medical Interpreter Tests  

Starting January 1, 2023, all medical interpreter candidates who wish to pursue a DSHS medical interpreter credential, and medical interpreters with expired credentials will need to test with one of the third-party testing entities.

The third-party medical interpreter tests that are recognized by LTC can be taken online or on computer in a testing center. For detailed information on testing procedures or test center locations, please visit the websites of the testing entities:  

(1) For the CoreCHI exam, please visit the website of Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI).

(2) For the Hub-CMI exam, please visit the website of The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI).

(3) For ALTA Language Services (ALTA) medical interpreter tests, please contact DSHS LTC <DSHSCT@dshs.wa.gov> to apply for test registration and general information such as scheduling and fees. 


Disclaimer: DSHS recognizes the tests provided by the above listed entities as alternative tests that meet the DSHS medical interpreter qualification standards. None of the listed entities is affiliated with DSHS, or vice versa. DSHS does not have any financial interest in any of the listed entities.