The last step in the process is to get prepared to take your exam(s). Within four weeks after your application is submitted, you will receive an email notification confirming your eligibility and providing instructions for how to schedule your examination.
To prepare for your exam:
These materials are also all located in the Certification Resources section of this website.
CoreCHI™ Test Centers
CCHI offers the CoreCHI™ examination year around. To identify available sites, click “Find CoreCHI™ Exam Locations” below. A separate site will open in a new window. In the new window, enter your zip code and desired distance to find location options. When finished in that other website, return to this browser window to continue these steps (do not close this window.)Special Note: CCHI will contact you by email to schedule when and where to take exams relevant to your situation. Interpreters in all languages need to qualify for and take the CoreCHI™ exam.
CHI™ Test Centers
The CHI™ performance exam requires a special set up for undisturbed interpretation, spoken aloud. CCHI makes special arrangements for private testing rooms during certain testing "windows" each quarter for that exam. If you are a Spanish, Mandarin or Arabic language interpreter, once you have passed the CoreCHI™ exam you will schedule the CHI™ oral performance examination. CCHI's schedule of upcoming testing windows is available here. Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic language interpreters who pass both exams are awarded the CHI™ Certification by CCHI.
To identify available sites for the CHI™ oral performance exams, click “Find CHI™ Exam Locations” below. A separate site will open in a new window. In the new window, choose the corresponding exam, enter your zip code and desired distance to find location options. When finished in that other website, return to this browser window to continue these steps (do not close this window.)
Special Note: You can schedule your CHI exam as soon as you receive the Notice to Schedule from us via email Just call the scheduling line provided in the Notice to Schedule and mention which city you are in to the scheduler or indicate your preferred testing center. CCHI's test center availability varies and is at sole discretion of CCHI.
CCHI Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ (CHI™) certification consists of taking and passing two examinations that cover the basics of healthcare interpreting and a demonstration of interpreting skills in both consecutive and simultaneous interpreting.
To be designated as a CCHI Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ (CHI™) practitioner, interpreters need to:
Every healthcare interpreter needs their CCHI Core Certification Healthcare Interpreter™ (CoreCHI™) certification regardless of the language(s) in which they interpret. This is the entry point into professional certification. The CCHI Core Certification Healthcare Interpreter™ certification is the first certification, the foundation certification for all healthcare interpreters.
To be designated as a CCHI Core Certification Healthcare Interpreter™ (CoreCHI™) practitioner, interpreters need to:
Healthcare Interpreters are changing their world one word at a time! Congratulations on starting the process to earn the CHI™ or CoreCHI™ credential, the nation's highest credential available to healthcare interpreters and professional recognition of their qualification.
CCHI offers this step-by-step guide to simplify your process in obtaining your credential. The steps to obtaining the CHI™ or CoreCHI™ credential are outlined in the next pages with six basic steps. Follow these steps and you will earn the recognition that you deserve in as little as 8 to 12 weeks!
Please note: We recommend that you allow at least one hour to complete the application process in one session. If you leave this step process and return before you begin your application in step 6, you will need to restart the steps. Click here if you want to skip our guided steps and go straight to the application.
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