HQAS Test

The Hawaii Quality Assurance System (HQAS) test is intended for American Sign Language-English interpreters and transliterators who plan to be professionally employed as an interpreter or in a closely related field within the State of Hawaii. The HQAS+H includes an optional test on Hawaii Creole English, referred to as Pidgin. The +H accompanies the standard HQAS and is designed to assess an interpreter’s local language competency with both spoken and sign language styles common in Hawaii. Candidates may not take the +H separately or at a later date.

The HQAS and HQAS+H should not be used as a progress assessment tool by sign language students or interpreting students. The HQAS test administrator may request additional documentation of a candidate's participation in an interpreter-training program or other evidence that the candidate is adequately prepared for professional interpreting.

The HQAS is targeted specifically to evaluate interpreters working in the State of Hawaii. Interpreters looking to work in other states should consider national certification.

The testing fee for all candidates is $300.00 per test. The fee includes the pre-test workshop, written and performance tests. Full payment of the fee must be submitted in order to be scheduled for testing. Candidates who fail the written test will not be reimbursed.

If you are interested in taking the Hawaii Quality Assurance System, please download the application.

Please mail your application and application fee of $300.00 by cashier's check or money order payable to: Disability and Communication Access Board to:

Disability and Communication Access Board
c/o HQAS Administrator
1010 Richards St., Room 118
Honolulu, HI 96813