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

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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.

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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.

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Training Providers

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

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04.21.2018

Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters

Have you made a decision to invest in your career as a professional medical interpreter and want to know the best strategy to reach your goal? You really need to become certified. Healthcare interpreting is one of the fastest growing allied professions in the health care industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that positions in health care and four other related fields will represent more than half of the 20.5 million new jobs expected to be created by the year 2020. The BLS also predicts a 42 percent growth in employment in the occupation of interpreter and translator, with a little less than 25,000 new positions.

At the same time interpreting is a truly competitive field nowadays. Healthcare providers are starting to realize that the real solution to ensuring meaningful language access for patients with limited English proficiency is making sure that interpreters are 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 1,275 interpreters have been awarded CCHI’s credentials.

To see a practical, step-by-step overview of the CCHI certification application and testing processes, click on this link:

PowerPoint slides of the Webinar on March 28, 2014.

 

View Webinar PowerPoint of April 25, 2014

So you have become certified. You are among over 1,280 proud bearers of the CoreCHI™ or CHI™ certifications. It is a growing community and a significant voice in healthcare interpreting industry. What next? What do you have to do between the day you are awarded certification and the date of its expiration in 4 years? What happens in 4 years if you don’t renew your certification?

We all know that technological and logistical changes within the medical interpreter profession occur at a relatively slow pace. At the same time, interpreting skills require continuous practice if they are to be maintained at an adequate level. CCHI established specific credential renewal requirements in order to assure that credentialed interpreters keep abreast of the profession’s development and maintain their skills at the level achieved at certification. Such requirements are similar to many professions.

All credential holders are required to satisfy the continuing education and work experience requirements in order to keep their certification current.

This webinar of April 25, 2014 provides an overview of the CCHI credential renewal requirements and guidelines.  Specifically, the following questions are addressed:

  • What are the continuing education (CE) and work experience requirements?
  • How do you document that you’ve met these requirements?
  • What training is accepted as CE?
  • What is the difference between accepted and accredited CE?
  • How and when do you submit your credential renewal applications?
  • How do the new CE requirements that take effect on 1/1/15 differ from the original 2011 ones?

This webinar is for certified interpreters, holders of the CoreCHI™ or CHI™ credential. We want to take the worry about the “unknown” out of your credential maintenance experience!

Free Webinar on February 28 at 1 pm ET/ 12 pm CT/ 10 am PT

 

Healthcare providers choose CCHI credentialed interpreters as their preferred means of ensuring language access.  Accurate and effective communication is the most fundamental component of the healthcare encounter between patient and provider.  Hospitals and healthcare providers are mandated to meet the communication needs of an increasingly diverse population.

CCHI certification of healthcare interpreters offers administrators an effective and consistent tool to meet regulatory requirements related to language access for patients with limited English proficiency.  Employing and contracting CCHI-certified interpreters saves money, improves patient outcomes, lowers medical malpractice risk and liability, and helps avoid millions of dollars in federal sanctions for non-compliance.

Join Natalya Mytareva, M.A., CoreCHI™, our Managing Director, to learn about CCHI’s certification program which offers a three-step healthcare 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 health and healthcare administrators, hospital administrators, quality assurance and risk management executives and specialists, as well as any healthcare providers who utilize interpreting services.

You can access the webinar PowerPoint slides here:

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