How to Apply for the HQAS Continuing Education Program

The HQAS Continuing Education Program is available to sign language interpreters who currently hold the HQAS credential. HQAS interpreters have the option to retake the HQAS test or participate in the continuing education program and earn continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain his/her credential for two years.

The purpose of the HQAS Continuing Education Program is to provide interpreters the opportunity to develop and increase knowledge and competency in the interpreting field while maintaining their credential. The interpreter can retake the HQAS to earn a higher competency level or apply for the National Interpreter Certificate (NIC). To participate in the HQAS Continuing Education Program, the application fee is $100.00.

Continuing education units are earned through two types of fields: Professional and General Studies. These studies assure the public that interpreters are trained with the necessary skills to meet the definition of a qualified interpreter under the Americans with Disabilities Act in providing effective communication.

If you wish to apply and submit all your forms by mail, please contact the HQAS administrator by email, kurstin.chun@doh.hawaii.gov.

If you wish to apply and submit all your forms online, you will need a Google account. You do not need a Gmail address to create a Google account.
Please use the email address to receive HQAS related emails.

Once you have set up your Google account, please fill out the New Application form below using the email address with which you created your Google account.

Once you have successfully submitted this application, please mail your application fee of $100.00 by cashier's check or money order payable to: Disability and Communication Access Board
Please include a note with your Name and Email Address as submitted on your online application to:

Disability and Communication Access Board
c/o HQAS Administrator
919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 101
Honolulu, HI 96814