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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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The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters celebrates its 5th Anniversary on July 15, 2014. These five years of immense creativity and intense decision-making have changed the status of the healthcare interpreting profession and established it as an equal among other allied health care professions.

In these five years, together, we have defined our profession through the Job Task Analysis. We have developed the two certification programs: the CoreCHI™ (Core Certification Healthcare Interpreter™), a core professional certification for interpreters of any language, and the CHI™ (Certified Healthcare Interpreter™), a language-specific performance certification, currently available for Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish interpreters. Both examinations have received a third-party stamp of approval – accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Continuing Education Accreditation Program has been established to ensure quality of continuing education programs for interpreters.

We thank everyone who inspired and volunteered for CCHI, who provided advice, support, and monetary contribution, and who has taken our certification exams. You have helped create a national professional community of certified healthcare interpreters! This community is 1,456 certified interpreters strong. Certified interpreters reside in 42 states, District of Columbia, and Canada. Over 70% of all certified interpreters come from these top 10 states: California, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, and New York (listed here in descending order).

The strength of our profession is in the numbers of certified professionals. We call on interpreters of all languages to take the first step to becoming certified today!

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To celebrate our 5th anniversary, CCHI offers a $25 discount off the CoreCHI examination fee to candidates who will pay for their CoreCHI exam between July 15 and August 14, 2014. During this period, the CoreCHI exam fee is $150. After August 14, the fee will become $175 again. Don’t miss this opportunity! Go to our webpage at to login to your profile or start your application. Keep in mind that you must have your application submitted and approved by CCHI before you can pay the CoreCHI examination fee.

Once again thank you for making these 5 years productive and exciting! We rely on your involvement and support.

The CCHI Commisioners

View Webinar PowerPoint (August 2016)


Are you a Spanish, Arabic or Mandarin interpreter? Have you made a decision to invest in your career and get a competitive advantage? Your next step then is to become certified. More and more employers of interpreters – hospitals, language companies and agencies – prefer or require certification as a prerequisite for hiring. The CCHI community of credentialed interpreters is growing fast. In the course of three and half years of the certification existence, over 1,440 interpreters have become certified!

Interpreters of Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish must pass the CHI™ performance exam after they have passed the multiple-choice CoreCHI™ exam in order to obtain certification. They scores of the CoreCHI exam are only valid for one year. I.e. if a candidate doesn’t take the CHI oral performance exam within one year of passing the first exam, the candidate will have to take the first exam (CoreCHI) again and pay its fee again. Please don’t let this happen to you and plan accordingly. The CHI performance exam is administered only during the specific testing windows 4 times a year. The upcoming CHI testing starts on July 21 and is open till August 9.

Please join us for a practical, step-by-step overview of the CHI testing process.  Specifically, the following questions will be addressed:

  • What does the CHI performance exams consist of? What abilities and skills of the healthcare interpreter does it measure?
  • How and by whom was it developed?
  • How is the exam scored?
  • What does the actual exams computer interface look like?
  • What to expect at a testing center?
  • How to prepare for the exam?

This webinar is for Arabic, Mandarin or Spanish interpreters who are ready to schedule and take their CHI exam, or those who only consider applying for certification. We want to take the worry about the “unknown” out of your testing experience!

To register for this free webinar please click on this link



The Commissioners are happy to announce that on June 12, 2014, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the CoreCHI™ --the one and only certification which every healthcare interpreter of every language needs to have and can achieve with and through CCHI. The CoreCHI (Core Certification Healthcare Interpreter™) certification measures the core professional knowledge of the medical interpreter of any language, including such vital healthcare concepts as safety protocols, universal precautions, and HIPAA. The CoreCHI examination tests the interpreter's critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and cultural responsiveness skills needed to perform their duties in any healthcare setting.


"Competence of healthcare interpreters is an extremely important component of the quality of patient care," said CCHI Chair Alejandro Maldonado, CHI™-Spanish. "The core certification for all interpreters--CoreCHI, after going through a very rigorous process, was accredited by NCCA. This accreditation testifies to CCHI's adherence to the highest national certification standards making us the first ones in the field to offer this certification to all interpreters," he emphasized.

"This makes the CoreCHI a valid and reliable tool that allows hospitals and healthcare systems to work with certified interpreters of all languages today," Maldonado said. "The CoreCHI provides access to a valid core certification to interpreters of any refugee language. Best of all, patients with limited English proficiency, their families, and healthcare providers nationwide can get high quality interpreter services now."

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CCHI received NCCA accreditation for the CoreCHI certification program by submitting an application demonstrating the program's compliance with the NCCA's Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. In addition to CCHI, there are more than 270 NCCA-accredited programs from over 120 organizations that certify individuals in a wide range of professions. NCCA certificants include nurses, financial professionals, respiratory therapists, counselors, emergency technicians, crane operators and more. Since 1977, the NCCA has been accrediting certifying programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification to ensure the programs adhere to modern standards of practice in the certification industry. To view the standards visit The NCCA accredited the CoreCHI certification for a five-year period, expiring June 30, 2019.


CoreCHI certification allows all hospitals, health systems, and healthcare providers to efficiently show their compliance with The Joint Commission's interpreter qualifications requirement, National CLAS Standard 7, and Title VI requirements for meaningful language access today.

NCCA accreditation of the CoreCHI certification is a third-party stamp of approval and validation that this certification truly measures the core professional knowledge of the healthcare interpreters. "CCHI has always followed the best psychometric practices and highest national certification standards when developing its exams. NCCA accreditation is another confirmation of that," Maldonado said. Hiring or contracting certified interpreters has a direct and positive effect on patient safety, reducing readmission rates, and eliminating health disparities.


The CoreCHI examination is a multiple-choice exam in English, available year-around, and delivered online in a secure test center environment in all 50 states of the U.S. and in Canada. To apply for CoreCHI certification, go to

CCHI also administers a performance certification—the Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ (CHI™) which provides a language-specific assessment of the interpreter's performance skills. CCHI received NCCA accreditation of the CHI certification program in 2012. It is currently available for interpreters of Arabic, Spanish and Mandarin. Interpreters of these languages begin their certification process at the CoreCHI level and then must go further and pass a language-specific oral performance exam to attain the CHI certification.


As innovators and leaders in the healthcare interpreter industry, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) has shaped and molded a valid and credible path for healthcare interpreters all over the country. We are a continuous improvement organization and respond to our industry’s needs and demands.

At the beginning of 2014, the Commission analyzed data and market feedback telling us that the Associate Healthcare Interpreter™ (AHI™) credential was, in fact, a core professional certification on par with core or generalist certifications in other professions. Our consultations with two leading national psychometricians confirmed this as well.

The Commissioners have decided to change the name of the AHI credential to the Core Certification Healthcare Interpreter™ (CoreCHI™), effective immediately.

CoreCHI is THE one certification every interpreter of every language needs to have and can have today. This certification tests medical interpreters of any language on the core professional knowledge as well as critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and cultural responsiveness skills needed to perform the interpreter’s duties in any healthcare setting.

CoreCHI certification also allows all hospitals, health systems, and healthcare providers to efficiently show their compliance with The Joint Commission’s interpreter qualifications requirement and National CLAS Standard 7 today.

With CoreCHI, any medical interpreter can become certified without waiting for the oral performance examination being developed for their language. In the next couple of months, CCHI will complete all necessary updates related to the CoreCHI name change, including documentation for the current AHI certificants. Follow our updates on our website and social media.

CCHI’s specialty certification – the Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ (CHI™) – provides a language-specific assessment of the interpreter’s performance skills and is currently available for Arabic, Spanish and Mandarin interpreters. Interpreters of these languages cannot stop their certification process at the CoreCHI level; they must pass a language-specific oral performance exam to attain the CHI certification.

The CoreCHI examination is a multiple choice exam in English, available year-around, and delivered online in a secure test center environment in all 50 states of the U.S. and in Canada. To apply for your CoreCHI certification today, please click here.