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

One of the top priorities for CCHI is listening carefully to the voices in the healthcare interpreting field, the voices of various stakeholders.


Community of certified interpreters is growing fast. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) now counts over 1,280 certified interpreters - CoreCHI™ and CHI™ credential holders. And even more interpreters have started their certification journey and are preparing to take their exams. More and more language companies support medical interpreter certification. They require or prefer certification as a prerequisite for hire and reimburse interpreters for the certification expenses. At the same time there are plenty of challenges to the national certification.

CCHI Commissioners are eager to understand the reality of the interpreter services market, your perceptions of certification, your opinions about the barriers, and your suggestions on how to overcome them.

Please complete a short survey by May 15, 2014: The survey has 15 questions and will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.


Please share the survey link with other language service providers - for-profit companies and non-profit organizations - in your circles!


On June 29 CCHI received NCCA accreditation of its Certified Healthcare Interpreter (CHI™) (Spanish) 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 (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance). 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

“CCHI is the first and only organization certifying healthcare interpreters to receive NCCA accreditation,” said Natalya Mytareva, CCHI Chair.

Good news travels fast. By the following Monday morning, the American Hospital Association News for July 2, 2012 featured CCHI in the headline story: Certification Program for Health Care Interpreters Receives Accreditation. Emails, phone calls and messages of congratulations and celebrations began pouring into CCHI this month from legions of healthcare interpreters who helped CCHI create the CHI™ certification programs.

There are more than 260 NCCA accredited programs that certify individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations including nurses, financial professionals, respiratory therapists, counselors, emergency technicians and more.

“Our NCCA accreditation journey began on the day CCHI was launched, July 1, 2009, because we were 100 percent committed to creating the best, most valid, most credible professional certification for healthcare interpreters, which directly benefits patient safety, health care providers, and interpreters who work in more than 139 languages,” said Mara Youdelman, J.D., CCHI’s Founding Chair.

Fred Hobby, CEO, Institute for Diversity in Health Management, and CCHI Commissioner from 2009 to 2011 said, “NCCA accreditation awarded to CCHI is an outstanding achievement, plus strong and clear recognition of CCHI’s leadership and a strong sense of equity in health care for all we are privileged to serve. CCHI appreciates, tremendously, all who volunteered their time and personal resources to make quality communications the hallmark of quality care. CCHI is now the gold standard by which all other interpreter services programs will be measured.”

9.1.13 - CCHI's CEAP program will assess, analyze and accredit continuing education programs for healthcare interpreters.

9.1.13 - CCHI's CEAP program will assess, analyze and accredit continuing education programs for healthcare interpreters.