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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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.




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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

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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