Setting the Standard for Quality in Healthcare Interpreting


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Healthcare Interpreters

The CoreCHI™ and CHI™ are the nation's highest certification credentials available to healthcare interpreters


Hospitals &
Healthcare Providers

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.


Language Service Providers

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.


Training Providers

Healthcare interpreters and providers choose CCHI accredited continuing education programs. CCHI accreditation ensures your program's credibility and visibility.


Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters


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October 7, 2014 at 1 pm ET/ 12 pm CT/ 10 am PT

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Many of us remember the days in early 2000 when the conversation was whether healthcare interpreting is a profession and what should be done to professionalize the field. This year our industry has gained a national standard that allows a medical interpreter of any language to distinguish themselves from a bilingual. This national standard is the CoreCHI™ certification, accredited by NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) on par with core certifications in other professions.


The CoreCHI certification allows us to shift the conversations from “When will an oral performance CHI™ exam be developed in language X?” to “Let’s ensure that all interpreters working in health care receive the CoreCHI certification.”


Join us for the discussion on how the CoreCHI certification affects the future of our profession. Participants will also learn what the CoreCHI exam measures and how to prepare for it. This webinar is for interpreters who are beginning their certification process, especially for interpreters of those languages for which an oral performance exam hasn’t been developed yet, and for managers of interpreting services who are responsible for quality assurance and hiring decisions. Space is limited.


To register for this free webinar please click on this link:


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Ten of the 13 CCHI Founding Commissioners: sitting, left to right: Karin Ruschke, Frederick Hobby, Natalya Mytareva; standing, left to right: Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Mara Youdelman, Frederick Bw’Ombongi, Alejandro Maldonado, Kathleen Diamond, Jonathan Levy, and Virginia Perez-Santalla.




CCHI Commissioners met in Chicago for their fall session on September 21-23. They reflected on the five years of service and accomplishments since the inception of the Commission.

1,600 interpreters have been awarded the CoreCHI™ or CHI™ certifications. The first group of over 200 certified interpreters is approaching the certification renewal. Over 110 continuing education training courses and programs for healthcare interpreters have been accredited through CEAP (Continuing Education Accreditation Program), with almost 40 programs available online. (To see more information about CCHI’s accomplishments and history, please visit our Resources page.)

The Commissioners discussed strategies for disseminating information about interpreter certification among hospitals, health systems, health care providers, language service providers, and educators to secure their support for certification. Leaders in health care, language service industry and interpreter education have a crucial role in the success of our profession, and their support helps define our future.

Visit our YouTube channel to hear the reflections on the importance of the healthcare interpreter certification by Frederick Hobby, President and CEO of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, and one of the CCHI’s founding Commissioners.


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September 18, 2014 at 1 pm ET/ 12 pm CT/ 10 am PT



“I’ve been interpreting for 15 years, I have plenty of work, and I don’t need any training.” “I don’t have the time or money to go to conferences.” “I took this training and I still failed the certification exam.” Do these statements sound familiar?

How do we, interpreters, navigate the world of training opportunities so that we benefit the most? What can we do to improve the quality of trainings? How can we plan our professional development and career?


Join us for reflection on the current state of the healthcare interpreter training. This webinar is for interpreters who need training so that they can apply for certification and those who seek continuing education opportunities, as well as for trainers who design programs for interpreters. Space is limited.