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Professional Development Opportunities

The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) is sponsoring Free Online Summer Professional Development Opportunities and BEI Certification Test Preparation Workshops. The priority audience for these online training and workshops are in-state and out-of-state sign language interpreters who currently hold either an Illinois Sign Language Interpreter License, ISBE Education Interpreter Approval, and/or are Illinois ITP students and recent graduates. Some courses may be available for participants who are not in the priority audience. 

2023 Free BEI Certification Test Preparation & Professional Development Workshops


Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission sponsors the free professional development opportunities in collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Continuing Education

Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission is an Illinois state-approved CE Provider issuing IL CE Credit Hours to Illinois Licensed Interpreters. 

Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for a total of 8.15 CEUs at both the Little/None and the Some levels of Content Knowledge Level.

Online Platform & Participation Policy

All online training and workshops will be taught virtually through the Zoom Platform.

Once registered, you will receive a Zoom link within 2 business days prior to the scheduled session. Please display your full name on the Zoom screen. Your name must match the registration record. If your full name is not displayed or doesn’t match the registration record, you may not get the CEUs or credit for the workshop. You must have access to high speed Internet, use of a laptop or computer with a camera. The use of a smartphone or Chromebook is not allowed.

All participants agree that the Commission will verify virtual participation through the Zoom Usage Reports to ensure appropriate CEUs are provided. Signing in and out of the workshop will result in forfeiture of CEUs.

Charge & Cancellation Policy

There is no charge or cancellation policy for all workshops sponsored by the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission.

Participants wishing to register for the Preparing for BEI Basic Certification Test or Preparing for BEI Advanced Certification Test will need to pay for a GoReact account $31.99 which will allow them access to the practice material included in this course for six (6) months. 

Participants who received the confirmation to attend the workshops then not planned to attend are strongly advised to give two-week advance notice of your intention not to participate for any reason by sending an email to  

ADA Accommodation

If a reasonable accommodation is needed under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact 

Non-Discrimination Policy

Participants are expected to adhere to and participate in an online environment free of discrimination, bias, and harassment. 

Contact Information

Any concerns or questions, please contact