CCHI Community:Certified Interpreters

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STEP 5: Prepare for Your Exam

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:

 
  • 1 Download and review the Test Content Outline to prepare. This document was used to create the CoreCHI™ and CHI™ exams.
  • 2 Use CCHI's Exams Study Checklist to develop a personal study plan. This could include self study, finding a study buddy or group..
  • 3 Review our sample questions in the CCHI’s Candidate's Examination Handbook.
  • 4 Watch CCHI’s webinars about both examinations and how to prepare for them (Sorry for the inconvenience, we are updating our materials. Please check again in Feb 2018). See the PowerPoint slides about the CoreCHI exam. View PowerPoint slides about the CHI™ exam (include screenshots of actual exam).
  • 5 Review and understand the healthcare interpreter’s code of ethics and standards of practice (scroll down to the bottom of the screen).
  • 6 Take the CoreCHI™ Practice Exam. to familiarize yourself with computer-based testing and the type of questions the actual exam contains. (Click on the Practice Exam title and you'll be prompted to create a special account for this webpage; this account is separate from your CCHI profile.) Keep in mind that you are not required to take the CoreCHI ™ Practice Exam before scheduling your actual exam. Our proctors at the test center will show you how to navigate the computer-based exam before you start. As we are currently updating our materials, we do not offer a sample test for the oral performance exam. Please check back in late Jan 2018.
  • 7 For the CHI™ exam, create your own vignettes, use YouTube videos, or purchase existing material.
  • 8 Work with a language partner or record yourself and evaluate for accuracy and completeness.
  • 9 Work on your memory skills.
  • 10 Gather different healthcare documents and instructions given to patients in various settings (i.e., intake, legal waivers, patient education materials, consent forms, etc.) and work with them to improve your sight translation skills and terminology knowledge.

These materials are also all located in the Certification Resources section of this website.
 

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STEP 4: Where Would You Like to Take Your Exam?

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.

FIND CoreCHI™ Exam LOCATIONS


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.)

FIND CHI™ Exam LOCATIONS


Cities in which exams are offered are listed below for your reference:

 

STATE
CITY
  • Select State on the left box first
  • Fort Smith
  • Avondale
  • Nogales
  • Beaumont
  • Carmichael
  • Millbrea
  • Roseville
  • Van Nuys
  • Walnut
  • Centennial
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Greeley
  • Hartford
  • Newington
  • Woodbridge
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Jacksonville
  • Orlando
  • Sanford
  • Tampa
  • Duluth
  • Jonesboro
  • Marietta
  • Carbondale
  • Chicago
  • Jacksonville
  • Lombard
  • Evansville
  • Indianapolis
  • Manhattan
  • Overland Park
  • Holyoke
  • Dowagiac
  • Grand Rapids
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Eagan
  • Mankato
  • Meridian
  • Las Vegas
  • Cary
  • Castle Hayne
  • Charlotte
  • Greensboro
  • Wilmington
  • Albuquerque
  • Bronx
  • New York
  • Blue Ash
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Fairfield
  • Portland
  • Bethlehem
  • Greenville
  • Rapid City
  • Memphis
  • Austin
  • Beaumont
  • Corpus Christi
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • El Paso
  • Harlingen
  • Houston
  • Laredo
  • Port Lavaca
  • San Antonio
  • Strafford
  • Wichita Falls
  • Alexandria
  • Annandale
  • Galax
  • Hampton
  • Roanoke
  • Woodbridge
  • Bellingham
  • Wenatchee
  • La Crosse
  • Madison
  • Oshkosh

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.

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STEP 3: Apply for the CHI™ Exam

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:

  • 1Complete CCHI’s application that gathers information on the basic requirements for eligibility.  The CCHI Application costs $35 to submit and provides a way for you to state that you meet these requirements.
  • 2Take and pass the CoreCHI™ Examination, a computer-based, 100-question, multiple-choice exam in English that interpreting and focuses on managing an interpreting encounter, healthcare terminology, interacting with other healthcare professionals, preparing for an interpreting encounter, and cultural responsiveness. The CoreCHI™ exam costs $175 and is offered year-round (no testing on Sundays). The exam fee is due at the same time as the application fee, i.e. at the time you submit your application.
  • 3Take and pass the CHI™ Examination, an oral/performance exam that includes a demonstration of interpreting skills in consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation interpreting modes and in written translation in the language in which you provide interpreting services (currently available in Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic). You must take the CHI™ exam within one year of passing the CoreCHI™ exam. The CHI™ exam costs $275 and is offered four times a year during specific testing windows.

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STEP 3: Apply for the CoreCHI™ Exam

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:

  • Complete CCHI’s application that gathers information on the basic requirements for eligibility. The CCHI Application costs $35 to submit and provides a way for you to state that you meet these requirements.
  • 2 Take and pass the CoreCHI™ Examination, a computer-based, 100-question, multiple-choice exam in English that covers the basics of healthcare interpreting and focuses on managing an interpreting encounter, healthcare terminology, interacting with other healthcare professionals, preparing for an interpreting encounter, and cultural responsiveness. The CoreCHI™ exam costs $175 and is offered year-round (no testing on Sundays). The exam fee is due at the same time as the application fee, i.e. at the time you submit your application.

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Guided Certification Steps

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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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