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
To apply for CCHI’s credential programs, healthcare interpreters must meet the following eligibility requirements:
* Please review CCHI's Disciplinary Policy for information related to ineligibility of applicants with criminal charges or convictions.
CCHI’s Candidate's Examination Handbook provides detailed information about each of these eligibility requirements.
The CCHI Application provides a way for you to state that you meet CCHI’s eligibility requirements. CCHI requires applicants to upload documentation evidencing that they meet the above requirements in the online application in an electronic format (scanned as a pdf or jpg file). By completing and submitting the application, an interpreter is agreeing that they have original documentation for all requirements, including language proficiency, and would be able to quickly and easily provide this documentation, if audited by CCHI. Documentation of requirements and periodic, random audits of those who earn CCHI credentials is necessary for CCHI to achieve and sustain status as an accredited certification program for professionals in healthcare interpreting.
To meet the Education requirement, please upload a document evidencing that you achieved a high school level of education of any country. Examples of acceptable documents are:
For the requirement related to healthcare interpreter training, CCHI accepts documentation of any combination of the following:
For the on-the-job training to be accepted, the provided documentation should include:
As an alternative, CCHI also accepts the following training:
CCHI recognizes that there is some overlap between healthcare interpreting and other interpreting and training for health professionals. However, there are also significant differences in the ethics, standards of practice and terminology utilized. Thus, CCHI allows applicants to count some of these non-healthcare interpreter related experiences towards CCHI’s 40 hour healthcare interpreter training requirement. More information about what is allowed is explained in CCHI’s Certification Examination Handbook.
CCHI requires that you upload documentation (in an electronic format) evidencing your language proficiency in English and the other language (i.e. primary language of interpreting) in the application. If you wish to submit several documents as evidence of proficiency in one language, please scan them as 1 (one) file in a pdf or jpg format.
Adequate mastery of two languages is the baseline proficiency necessary to consider serving as a healthcare interpreter. Evidence of at least one of the following will meet the proficiency requirements:
Other Language Proficiency (documents must be translated into English)