Washington State Department of Enterprise Services

Contract Summary


Spoken Language Interpreter Services - Court Certified


Contract #: 17622
Replaces: 03514
Contract Type: MASTER CONTRACT

This new solicitation is under development to replace the expiring current master contract 03514.

Enterprise Services is currently determining the scope of this new opportunity. We anticipate reducing the scope of this contract to be reduced to focus on Category One "Court Certified Interpreters". Categories Two and Three are currently overlapping with DES master contract 02819 and 09821. Enterprise Services will be confirming this scope of work with the customers.

The current scope of work is intended to be constructed with one (1) category:

Category One (1) Court Certified: Interpreter(s) who perform the service must be certified by the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).



SOLICITATION IS IN DEVELOPMENT. Current information on the solicitation can be found using the Planned Procurement page, which identifies upcoming contracting opportunities.



VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: In compliance with Proclamation 21-14.1 – COVID-19 Enterprise Services has identified that this contract includes onsite work as an integral part of the contract scope. DES maintains and publishes a list of Contractors who perform onsite work as an integral part of their scope, including their status in regard to compliance on its COVID information page.



INTERPRETER QUALIFICATIONS: All Interpreters must be skilled to industry standards, expectations, and trends. Interpreters must have the proper certification based on the interpreting type of service. Below are the three main interpreter types of language access master contracts will require. These requirements are in alignment with RCW 39.26.300.

Spoken Language Interpreter: Acceptable industry standards and expectations include the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Language Testing and Certification Program (LTC) or Authorization, guidelines outlined by the American Translation Association (ATA) for Interpreters, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, or the National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters. Interpreters trained through accredited higher education institution (university or college) programs, which are widely accepted by industry experts, the interpreter community, and by Washington State Purchasers are also acceptable.

NEW! DSHS LTC has partnered with three additional testing providers who's test will be accepted by DSHS LTC to certify medical interpreters starting August 1, 2022. Visit the DSHS LTC testing page for more information.

Court Certified Interpreter: Court interpreters interpret in court proceedings for participants, such as a witness or defendant, who speak or understand little or no English. Court interpreters must accurately interpret for people from any background without changing the language register, whether the speaker is using very formal legal language or less formal colloquial language. They interpret in both criminal and civil cases with a wide range of possible subjects. The interpreter who performs court interpreting must be certified by the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Washington State Court Interpreter Program.


Effective Date: 07-01-2023
Est. Annual Worth: $400,000
Current Term Ends On:
Final Term Ends On:
Commodity Code(s):
Diversity: 0% WBE 0% MBE
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Contact Info:
Lawrence Lim
(360) 790-9010
lawrence.lim@des.wa.gov

Secondary Contact Info:
DES Language Access Program
(360) 490-8570
DESLanguageAccess@des.wa.gov


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  • DES Language Access Guide
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