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
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."
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 www.credentialingexcellence.org/ncca. 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 www.cchicertification.org/healthcare-interpreters/healthcare-interpreters.
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.
View the PowerPoint slides of the Webinar on May 30, 2014
Did you know that CCHI accredits interpreter training events and programs for Continuing Education hours? In 2013, CCHI developed the Continuing Education Accreditation Program (CEAP) to assess, analyze, and accredit continuing education programs for healthcare interpreters. CEAP is open to all training providers and entities who offer workshops, courses or conference sessions which are beyond a beginner-level difficulty and align with any of the knowledge domains defining the job of a healthcare interpreter.
With the number of CCHI credential holders growing nationwide, there is a pressing need for the development of ongoing continuing education programs. The profession of healthcare interpreting is becoming increasingly more complex and more sophisticated. CEAP is committed to staying on the leading edge of those changes.
Our mission is to help healthcare interpreters gain and maintain interpreting competence and prevent professional obsolescence. It is that “pre-approved for CCHI’s CE hours” status that attracts more certified and credentialed healthcare interpreters to take courses from certain training providers. Trainers working in conjunction with CEAP are well positioned to fill that need.
Please join us on May 30 at 1 pm EDT for an overview of the CEAP requirements and guidelines. Specifically, the following questions will be addressed:
This webinar is for organizations or individuals who offer educational/training programs for healthcare interpreters or on subjects that are relevant for healthcare interpreters.
Free Webinar on March 14 at 1 pm ET/ 12 pm CT/ 10 am PT
Many hospitals, insurance plans and other health care providers depend on language service providers (LSPs) to have trained and qualified interpreters. Healthcare providers are starting to realize that certified interpreters are a solution to ensuring meaningful language access for patients with limited English proficiency. It is just smart business to validate your hiring practices and training with CCHI credentials.
CCHI certification of healthcare interpreters offers LSPs an effective and consistent tool to meet quality assurance demands of the health care industry. Employing and contracting CCHI-certified medical interpreters saves money, improves patient outcomes, lowers your liability, and helps comply with the IRS contractor status requirements.
Join us to learn about CCHI’s certification program which offers a three-step medical interpreter competency assurance process based on the best national practices and validated through a third-party accreditation by NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies).
This webinar is for managers and recruiters of interpreters at language service companies as well as community based organizations which provide interpreting services.
Space is limited. To register for this free webinar please click on this link: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/230959791.