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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

Distribution of Continuing Education Topics

Effective July 1, 2016


CCHI acknowledges that interpreting skills require continuous practice to be maintained at an adequate level.  Therefore, starting July 1, 2016, each certificant is required to obtain a minimum of 2 (two) CE hours in any performance based (skill-building) training every two years.  CCHI defines performance based (PB) training as training aimed to improve the healthcare interpreter's skills in the three interpreting modes - consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation.

Please, refer to the following tables for the specific limitations:


Performance Based Training

Minimum required in a two-year period -

starting 07/01/2016

Perform consecutive interpreting

2 CE hours in any combination

Perform simultaneous interpreting

Sight translate healthcare documents

Related skills-development training (e.g. note-taking, short-term memory development, public speaking, critical thinking)


Maximum allowed

 Translate healthcare documents

2 hours (as of 01/01/2015)



Non-Performance Based Training

Maximum allowed in a two-year period

Manage an Interpreting Encounter




14 CE hours in any combination



Healthcare Terminology

Interact with Other Healthcare Professionals

Prepare for an Interpreting Encounter

Demonstrate Cultural Responsiveness

Other language training outside of healthcare terminology (e.g. training related to slang, regionalisms, idiomatic expressions)


CCHI recommends that each certificant develops a personal CE plan to target the areas of knowledge and performance in which they need improvement. Certificants are allowed to take CE courses in the same knowledge/skill areas every two years (e.g. 8 hours in terminology and 8 hours in consecutive interpreting). However, certificants are not allowed to take the same CE course in the next two-year cycle ("same" means the course with the same title, delivered by the same instructor(s), and of the same duration as the course submitted for CE credit in the previous two-year cycle).



CCHI guarantees acceptance of appropriately furnished proof of CE only for CEAP-accredited CE courses because such courses have undergone a thorough review process and meet CCHI's renewal criteria. However, CCHI does not require that certificants complete only CEAP-accredited CE courses.

CCHI will accept all CE courses that meet CCHI's requirements for continuing education as described here as long as sufficient information for the evaluation is provided by the certificant. It is the responsibility of the certificant to provide information about a CE course that is sufficient for CCHI to make an evaluation as to whether the course meets CCHI's CE requirements. The information needed for the evaluation may include, but is not limited to, the course description, agenda, syllabus, student handouts, etc. This information may be required in addition to the document verifying the certificant's completion of the course (i.e. certificate of attendance/completion, badge, etc.), especially if the title of the course does not indicate a specific subject matter or the level of complexity (i.e. continuing education vs. beginner-level/basic training). CCHI's requirements for continuing education are described here.