The CoreCHI™ and CHI™ are the nation's highest certification credentials available to healthcare interpreters
Healthcare providers choose CCHI certified interpreters - CoreCHI™ and CHI™ - as their preferred means of ensuring language access. Join us and demonstrate your commitment to quality care and patient safety.
Healthcare providers depend on you to have trained and qualified interpreters. It is just smart business to validate your hiring practices and training with CCHI credentials.
Healthcare interpreters and providers choose CCHI accredited continuing education programs. CCHI accreditation ensures your program's credibility and visibility.
Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters
1. Register with us
Registration provides access to the CEAP system and visibility to all that intend to complete the accreditation process. Once a training provider registers, they are listed as “Pending Review and Approval” in the CEAP Registry and “Find a Training Program Directory”.
There are two registration levels:
Registered training providers have one year to submit an application for one or more training programs. Once a training provider has at least one program accredited by CCHI within the year of registration, they do not have to pay the registration fee again. Instead, they must pay a specific program annual renewal fee or accredit another program.
2. Submit a training program application
CCHI has six accreditation fee levels for the CEAP. Accreditation fees are calculated per hour depending on the number of instructional hours of the program. Instructional hours do not include lunch, other breaks, assessment or administrative comments (e.g., welcome, overview, conclusion, evaluation, etc.).
CEAP offers the following special pricing (via a special code):
Applications can be submitted for review and approval at any time. CEAP will review applications within up to 30 days of submission, depending on volume and reviewer capacity. Our usual turnaround processing time is 2 weeks. Training providers can pay a rush surcharge of $100 to have a program reviewed within 7 business days.
CEAP Accreditation is valid for the following terms regardless of the program's frequency:
To maintain accreditation for subsequent years, programs are required to submit a renewal fee and a renewal application. The program renewal fee is 80% of the corresponding level A-F fee.
Learn more in our National CEAP Manual at www.cchicertification.org/images/pdfs/cchi_ceap_manual-2015.pdf.
Training provider represents and warrants to CCHI that they are either the owner of any content (‘Content’) posted under their username and password on the CEAP page. Training provider agrees to pay any royalties or other sums owing to any third party for Content posted by them or under their password and to indemnify and hold harmless CCHI from any claims, costs, or liability incurred as the result of your violation of the third party's terms.
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CCHI accredits various types of continuing education programs that are delivered in any venue – classroom, online, conference sessions, or workshops. The key factors to earning CCHI accreditation are that the course content is beyond a beginner-level difficulty and aligns with the knowledge that serves as the context for the healthcare interpreting profession, and that the course is developed and delivered using best practices for adult learning.
Organizations or individuals that create and deliver continuing education and/or training activities, courses or programs are eligible for CCHI’s Continuing Education Accreditation Program if the program meets CCHI’s six Accreditation Criteria.
CCHI’s Accreditation Criteria are a combination of CCHI’s National Job Task Analysis for Healthcare Interpreters and NCIHC’s National Standards for Healthcare Interpreter Training Programs.
CCHI Accreditation Criteria
Criterion 1: Program or session exposes the participant to the essential body of knowledge that serves as the context for the healthcare interpreting profession and aligns with one or more of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for competent performance of the job of healthcare interpreters.
Please refer to CCHI’s Examinations Specifications for details:
CCHI encourages accreditation of language-specific and performance based (PB) training programs of any format. CCHI defines performance based training as training aimed to improve the healthcare interpreter's skills in the three interpreting modes - consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation. (Indicate in the description of your program (a field in the online accreditation application) if it is performance based.)
Criterion 2: Program or session utilizes principles of adult learning and instructional methods appropriate for the program goals, type and venue.
Criterion 3: Program operates in an open and transparent manner.
Criterion 4: Program has an explicit and documented program of study.
Criterion 5: Program is taught by individual instructor(s) or teaching team(s) that have the academic and experiential qualifications and professional background needed to meet program goals and objectives. The ideal characteristics for instructors include:
Criterion 6: Program provides feedback and assessment consistent with the program goals and when appropriate for the program type and venue.
The Continuing Education Accreditation Program (CEAP), developed and managed by CCHI, is open to all training providers who offer courses or instruction which is beyond a beginner-level difficulty and aligns with any or all of the knowledge domains which define the job of a healthcare interpreter. Most training providers attracted to the CEAP process actively seek healthcare interpreters as students for their courses.
Training providers as well as creators and owners of courses for healthcare interpreters go through the CEAP to achieve continuing education units or credits which they can provide to healthcare interpreters and others who complete their courses. It is that “pre-approved for CE units” status that attracts more certified and credentialed healthcare interpreters to take courses from certain training providers. The CEAP reviews and accredits courses which may appeal to other healthcare professions and other certification program requirements which include knowledge, skills and abilities normally associated with healthcare interpreters.
CCHI accredited continuing education programs are a select community of organizations and individuals that share a commitment to educational rigor, excellence and integrity.