KCDHH administers the Kansas Quality Assurance Screening (KQAS) which is the state certification system. Applicants must first take and pass the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) written test administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). After providing documentation of having passed the NIC written test, applicants may then take the KQAS performance examination. The performance examination evaluates the interpreting and/or transliterating skills of the applicant.
National Interpreter Certification Written Test
You must take and pass the written examination before you may take the KQAS performance test. You are responsible for following all instructions provided by RID and maintaining communication with KCDHH regarding your status.
- Schedule the written test by calling RID at (703) 838-0030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. RID accepts calls Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. For more information regarding RID testing, go to www.rid.org/education/testing/index.cfm/AID/81.
- After passing the written examination, you must submit documentation to KCDHH. At that time, you may schedule your performance examination. The KQAS performance test may be taken up to two years after passing the national written test.
KQAS Performance Test
Note: Effective October 1, 2011 The Kansas Quality Assurance Screening (KQAS) test fee will increase to $300.00. There will be no price difference for taking interpreting only, transliterating only or both portions.