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Educational Interpreter Authorization Renewal

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This checklist is for ...

Individuals who hold a valid educational interpreter authorization (or expired for less than one year. If your authorization has expired for more than one year or if you are seeking this authorization for the first time, please review the educational interpreter initial authorization checklist.

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Qualifications:

  • An active Colorado educational interpreter authorization OR one that is expired for less than one (1) year
  • Sixty (60) contact hours of applicable professional development activities, completed within the previous 5 years, as follows:
    • Thirty (30) contact hours (2 semester hours) of skills-related "hands in the air" continuing education education earned in 7.5-hour trainings
    • Thirty (30) contact hours (2 semester hours) of knowledge-related continuing education/professional development activities

Plan Ahead

  • You will need electronic copies of all documentation.
  • Allow ample time to request any third party transcripts or other documentation.
  • Be sure also to review the application process.

Application Fee:

$90

Authorization Expires:

5 years from date of issue

Gather the Necessary Information/Documentation

In the application you will need to include:

  • A valid form of government-issued identification. 
  • Documentation verifying your qualifications:
    • 30 contact hours (2 semester hours) of "hands in the air" continuing education/professional development training
    • 30 contact hours (2 semester hours) of knowledge-based continuing education/professional development training
  • Documentation for any self-disclosures related to the following:
    • Prior criminal history
    • Disciplinary actions
    • Issues related to licensure or employment

Then ...

  • Log in to COOL.
  • Ensure you have a current background check on file. You have 30 days from the time CDE receives your background check to apply for a license.
    • If you have submitted fingerprints for CDE credentialing in the past, but allowed all credentials to lapse or did not submit within the 30-day window, you must submit a new set of fingerprints to CBI for licensure purposes.
    • The status of your background checks will be noticed in your COOL account and within your application(s).

Have everything ready to go?

When you have gathered all required documentation, have submitted fingerprints to CBI for CDE licensure purposes and have reviewed the licensure process, log in to COOL and select the "RENEW" button in the EDUCATIONAL INTERPRETER credential details section of your dashboard. If for some reason this option is not available to you, please submit a support ticket so that this issue can be resolved directly.

Final Reminders

At the risk of repeating ourselves, we again reiterate these important reminders:

  • You have 30 days from the time CDE receives your background checks to submit an application or you will need to submit a new set of fingerprints for licensure purposes at the time of application.
  • By submitting an application, you are verifying that you have submitted fingerprints for CDE licensure purposes, provided all requested documentation and answered all questions truthfully.
  • Within 45 days of receipt (usually far sooner!), CDE will evaluate the application.
    • Upon determination of qualification, CDE will notify the applicant and the corresponding certificate will be available for view or print in the individual's COOL account.
  • Should the application be found incomplete, CDE will notify the applicant via email and specify the information needed to complete it. This includes notification that we have yet to receive your background checks!
    • An applicant has 60 days from the date of this notification to cure the deficiency (i.e., provide the necessary information or submit background checks) or submit to the department a written request for reconsideration stating the basis for the request. Additional time is not granted to those who receive this notification due to background checks. Any additional deficiency noticed also will need to be cured within the original 60-day period.
      • Requests for reconsideration do not apply to background checks.
      • CDE will provide a written response within 30 days of any request for reconsideration.
    • An applicant who fails to cure the deficiency or request reconsideration within these 60 days will be deemed as having withdrawn the application, and such withdrawal shall not be subject to appeal or review.
  • State statute prohibits the refunding of any application evaluation fee.
  • Once you have submitted an application, check your status regularly for notifications, updates and/or to print a copy of your certificate.

APPLY / LOG IN TO COOL

 

For questions, email CDELicensing@cde.state.co.us or call 303-866-6628.