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
Your Core CHI™ or CHI™ certification is a designation of your achievement and professionalism. We encourage you to display your credential proudly for colleagues and friends to view.
Every CCHI Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ (CHI™) or Core Certification Healthcare Interpreter™ (CoreCHI™) will receive a PDF file of their CCHI certificate within four weeks of being notified of their credential. Certificates can be printed from the PDF and immediately displayed. CCHI also offers several options to obtain a printed certificate for recipients who want a more formal acknowledgement of their achievement.
If you have received official notification of your certification credential and would like to order or reorder your certificate, please click here. If you have questions or concerns about your certificate order, please call 888-274-4483.
CoreCHI™ and CHI™ certifications are valid for four years from the date when CCHI granted the credential. Individuals who are granted a CoreCHI™ or CHI™ certification must meet the following certification renewal requirements within this four year period:
As long as the individual completes these requirements and submits their online renewal applications, the individual will not need to retake CCHI’s examinations. CCHI's online renewal application process includes two (2) applications, each for a two-year cycle, and payment of corresponding application fees.
For detailed instructions please review these links and the corresponding section of CCHI Candidate's Examination Handbook:
All certified interpreters will need to submit online two applications for renewal of their credential (one per each two-year cycle), proof of continuing education, and applicable fees at least one month before the renewal of the credential is due. If a Core Certification Healthcare Interpreter™ or Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ practitioner does not submit their renewal applications before expiration of the credential, they will be automatically removed from CCHI’s roster and registry of certified interpreters, and will need to reapply and retest. The implication is that the interpreter will have no credentials until he or she goes through the entire process of applying and retesting.
Why is Certification Renewal Necessary?
CCHI acknowledges that technological and logistical changes within the healthcare interpreter profession occur at a relatively slow pace. At the same time, interpreting skills require continuous practice to be maintained at an adequate level. CCHI established specific credential renewal requirements in order to assure that certified interpreters keep abreast of the profession’s development and, at a minimum, maintain their skills at the level achieved at certification.
The CCHI continuing education and work experience requirements provide a mechanism for CCHI certificants to fulfill their responsibility to maintain interpreting skills and competence, to prevent professional obsolescence, and allow for their professional growth and mastery of skills. All certificants are required to satisfy the continuing education and work experience requirements as a condition of continued certification. These requirements are intended to enhance the continued competence of certified interpreters.
You are part of a professional cadre of over 3,200 certified medical interpreters nationwide providing the assurance of safety, accuracy, respect of boundaries, and transparency required in a healthcare setting.