FAQ Contractors


Q: What is IQP?
A: The Interpreter Qualification Project (IQP) was designed in collaboration with DSS and DHEC to provide training and testing for bilingual workers and individuals from the community, who are interested in interpreting for those two state agencies. Today, IQP is available by contract to any entity interested in ensuring the capabilities and qualifications of its interpreters.

Q: What is the difference between qualification and certification?
A: IQP is NOT a certification program; it is a qualification program. Successful completion of this testing/training program will make the participant eligible to interpret for participating agencies. Qualification means an individual has met the baseline requirements set by our contract agencies in order to serve as an interpreter; the individual has a basic fluency of both English and Spanish, has attended the training, and has demonstrated an understanding of the training content and mastery of the knowledge and skills required to serve as an interpreter by receiving a passing score on the test administered at the end of training.  

Q: How were your tests designed?
A: Our tests were designed to meet the requirements of our current contracting agencies (DSS and DHEC). We worked closely with DSS and DHEC to determine a baseline for language ability, interpretation knowledge, and skill level.

Q: What if the staff member we sponsor fails the test?
A: Each agency establishes its own policies and procedures regarding interpreting and the use of staff or community interpreters. The Center provides training  results based on our testing methods.

Q: Is there a prerequisite for IQP Training?
A: IQP participants are required to pass an oral proficiency interview administered by Language Testing International. The purpose of this test is to assess a participant’s degree of fluency in both English and Spanish. It is not a translation exam. It tests a range of skills in both languages. Equally high fluency levels in both languages are essential to be able to interpret well.

Q: Will the staff we sponsor need additional training?
A: As with any professional skill, individuals need to continue to grow in their knowledge base and skill level. We encourage all IQP participants to take responsibility for their own professional development and to continue to learn both on their own and through formal training when available.

Q: How much would it cost our agency to participate in IQP?
A: Costs are negotiated with each agency and are based on identified needs.  Please contact Cheryl Worrell, Program Manager at (803) 777-9404 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for additional information.

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