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How to Become a Certified Tester

The path to OPI certification begins by participating in a 4-day OPI Assessment Training workshop or a 2-day MOPI (modified) Assessment training workshop. You may either register for one of our ACTFL Sponsored workshops that are held in the fall and summer at various locations around the country or you may have your school, university, district, or consortium arrange to host their own private OPI training workshop.

After the workshop, tester candidates may apply for certification. In order to be certified as an ACTFL OPI Tester, tester candidates must successfully complete the following steps:

  • Attend an ACTFL OPI or MOPI Workshop
  • Prepare and submit recorded interviews and rating rationales
  • Demonstrate one’s language proficiency as evidenced by an official ACTFL OPI in the language of certification
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct ratable samples and to rate reliably

 

View the OPI Certification Handbook 2014 (pdf).

View further information of the OPI Tester Certification process.

 

 

Individuals who have completed an OPI or MOPI Assessment Workshop within the last 30 days may apply for OPI Tester Certification:

1. Online

Access the online certification application(Login required)

2. By mail or fax

Download the PDF application, fill it out, and send to:

ACTFL – OPI Tester Certification
445 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 1104
White Plains, NY 10601
Fax: (914) 963-1275

For assistance or questions, contact us.

OPI Assessment Workshop (4 days)
Prerequisite: Affiliation with an academic institution as defined by ACTFL, undergraduate degree in a related field, minimal proficiency level of Advanced in the language training.

This four-day workshop is an introduction to the techniques of administering and rating the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews across all proficiency levels (Novice through Superior). They critique and discuss interview elicitation, structure, and rating. Participation in a Full OPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester.

Modified OPI Assessment Workshop (MOPI) (2 or 3 days)
Prerequisite: Affiliation with an academic institution as defined by ACTFL, undergraduate degree in a related field, minimal proficiency level of Intermediate High in the language training.

This two or three-day workshop is an introduction to the techniques of administering and rating the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at the Novice and Intermediate levels. Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews. They critique and discuss interview elicitation, structure, and rating. Participation in a Modified OPI Tester Training Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Limited Certification.

How to Register for Workshops

For Individuals: ACTFL-sponsored workshops are scheduled throughout the year in various geographic regions. View current list of ACTFL-sponsored workshops.

For Institutions: ACTFL on-site workshops can be arranged with a school, university, district, or consortium and customized to address specific needs and requirements. Learn more.