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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

 AddCCHICCHI is dedicated to supporting professional interpreters who value the power of education and certification. We understand that many interpreters work across settings – in health care, courts, Workers’ Compensation, schools, etc. At the same time, many interpreters are also professional translators. Our 2016 national Job Task Analysis (JTA) study showed that about 8% of respondents – CCHI certificants – also hold another language professional certification, e.g. of ATA, RID, state or federal court interpreter, etc.

We commend and support all professionals who seek certification in more than one specialty! CCHI waives its application fee of $35 for those applicants who otherwise meet our eligibility criteria and who already hold a certification of ATA, RID, BEI, Federal or State courts, state of Washington for medical interpreters, or NBCMI. All applicants must sit for and pass CCHI’s certification exams to earn CCHI certification.

In addition, in February 2017, CCHI started to offer to such applicants a special examination fee of $150 for either CoreCHI™ or CHI™ exam. We are extending this offer throughout 2018 by request! This means that Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin interpreters, who hold certifications by ATA, Federal or State courts, state of Washington for medical interpreters, or NBCMI, will pay only $300 for their certification with CCHI. And interpreters of other spoken languages or ASL will pay only $150 total.

Amplify your impact – add CCHI certification to your credentials!


Who is eligible

Application fee waiver ($35):

  • Any applicant who meets all of CCHI eligibility requirements (see at AND whose certification by ATA, RID, BEI, Federal or State courts, state of Washington for medical interpreters, or NBCMI is in good standing (active) on the date of their CCHI application. (e.g. An applicant submits an application to CCHI on 2/26/2017, and their other certification expires on or after 2/26/17, they qualify for the waiver. If the applicant’s other certification has expired before 2/26/17, they must pay the full fee.)
  • Applicant must have completed 40 hours of healthcare interpreter training (as part of our eligibility requirements).
  • The applicant must pay the CoreCHI™ examination fee at the time of the application. CCHI will not consider applications without the exam fee payment.
  • This offer starts on 02/20/2017 and does not apply retroactively. CCHI reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time and without any prior notice.

Examination special fee of $150 (time-limited offer):

  • Candidates must submit their application and pay $150 for the CoreCHI™ exam between 02/20/2017 and 12/31/2018 (by 11:59 pm EST).
  • Candidate’s application must meet CCHI’s criteria. If the application is rejected due to ineligibility, CCHI will retain $35 processing fee and refund $115 to applicant. If your application is accepted, the $150 fee is non-refundable. Candidate must take the CoreCHI™ exam within 6 months of the application approval, otherwise they will have to pay the exam fee again.
  • Candidates who pay the fee of $150 for the oral performance CHI™ exam between 02/20/2017 and 12/31/2018 (by 11:59 pm EST).
  • This offer does not apply retroactively. E.g. if a candidate eligible for this offer has already paid the full fee for the CoreCHI™ or CHI™ exam prior to 02/20/17, CCHI will not refund the difference.
  • The exam fee is valid only for the first administration of an exam (i.e. it is not valid for a retake). CCHI exam fees are non-refundable.
  • Candidates who fail the exam, will pay the full retake exam fee of $175 for the CoreCHI™ and $275 for the CHI™ exam.

CCHI reserves the right to discontinue this offer at any time and without any prior notice.


How to get this special benefit

1. Review CCHI’s eligibility criteria to make sure you meet our requirements (at and read CCHI Candidate’s Examination Handbook to learn about the certification process and CCHI policies.

2. Email CCHI your intention to get certified and attach a proof of your other certification (as a pdf or image file) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The document verifying your certification can be a certification certificate or badge/card and must contain your name (matching your current ID), the certification entity info, and the certification expiration/validity date.

3. CCHI will review your letter of intent and provided documentation within 10 days and email you the invoice via PayPal for $150 for the CoreCHI™ exam fee and instructions on how to apply. The invoice must be paid electronically; you don’t need to have a PayPal account and may pay with a credit or debit card. The invoice must be paid at the time of your application. CCHI will not review applications without the exam fee payment.

4. Once CCHI receives your payment and once you submit your application online, CCHI will review your application within two weeks.

5. You will receive your Notice to Schedule your exam within one week of the application approval for the CoreCHI™ exam and within one week of payment for a CHI™ exam.


If you have any questions about this special opportunity, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



We are inspired by 2016 Olympic Games held for the first time in South America!


In celebration of Brazil’s achievement, CCHI offers a $50 refund for new CoreCHI™ certification applications to Portuguese applicants between now and the Olympics closing ceremony on August 21, 2016.



The rules are simple:

  • any Portuguese* interpreter who has not applied for the CoreCHI™ certification** yet (but is eligible) and
  • who submits and pays for their application*** between now and 11:59 pm EDT on 8/21/16
  • will receive a $50 refund (after they pay the fee of $210) within 5 business days of payment.

To apply, go to To learn more, check our Certification Steps. If you have any questions, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


* Applicants from any Portuguese-speaking country or American-born Portuguese interpreters qualify.

**The CoreCHI™ certification is language-neutral. The Portuguese language is not attributed in the credential certificate.

***Applicants who have already submitted their applications by 8/8/16 or who wish to pay a re-test examination fee are not eligible for this promotion.


 7-years-trivia-mainWe continue our 7th-birthday celebration with CCHI Trivia Contest on Facebook!


Contest Instructions and Terms

To participate in the contests, like us on Facebook.

We will post one of 7 questions at 11 am ET every day: from July 18, 2016, through July 24, 2016. When a question is posted, simply make your best guess in the comments section to begin playing. The correct answer will also be shared the following day, at 10 am ET. Each correct answer is worth 1 point to each player.


The prize is a $25 gift card from The player with the most points after all 7 questions will be declared our winner. In case of a tie, a random drawing will be held. The winner will be announced on CCHI’s Facebook page.

The contest is open to healthcare interpreters, who are residing in the United States and are 18 years of age and older. CCHI Commissioners or employees cannot be awarded a winning prize.


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.




The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) is proud to celebrate its 7th birthday today!  These past seven years were full of immense creativity and intense decision-making which led to major changes to the status of our profession making healthcare interpreters equal among other allied healthcare professions. 




In 7 years, we have grown to a community of over 2,500 certified interpreters nationwide! 


We wouldn’t have gotten here without you. It is YOU who inspired us! It was YOU who provided advice, support, and monetary contributions! You have helped create a national professional community of certified healthcare interpreters! 

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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As our birthday gift to YOU, we’d like to offer a $70 refund to all applicants who pay their registration fee today.  Let 7 be your lucky number! This offer is valid between 00:00 am and 11:59 pm EDT on July 15, 2016.


To learn more about the CCHI’s certification and to apply, go to


Our birthday gift to our certified interpreters is 4 free continuing education webinars, worth 6 CE hours, between August and December 2016. All of these webinars will be performance based. Stay tuned for the webinar dates and follow #CE4terps!


And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube!

Thank you and good luck!

CCHI Commissioners


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