In the past 10 years, CCHI has been relentlessly dedicated to certifying interpreters who work in healthcare and medical settings. We are proud to count over 4,000 certificants in our diverse family. This has been made possible only because of the commitment and dedication of the Commissioners, volunteers, staff, and all stakeholders. Thank you!
We commend and support all professionals who seek certification in more than one specialty! We offer special pricing to interpreters 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.
I hereby declare, on oath, that I will interpret accurately and completely to the best of my ability all verbal content, taking into account the cultural and non-verbal context of all messages from all parties involved, without changing their meaning, adding or omitting anything.
While doing so:
1. I will support the patient-provider professional relationship, and I will protect the health and well-being of the patient as the most sacred aspect of my duties as an interpreter.
2. I will protect the privacy of all parties and maintain confidential the information that I interpret.
3. I will inform patients and healthcare providers of my duty and responsibility to respect their autonomy by being impartial.
4. I will treat everyone equally and with respect, regardless of their race, color, national origin, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or cultural beliefs.
5. I will conduct myself with integrity, in a manner consistent with the highest standards of practice for my profession, and the respect my fellow interpreters deserve.
6. I will respect the differences, and value the cultural similarities of all; understanding that culture and diversity have a fundamental impact on how health is perceived, how health care is sought and delivered.
7. I will admit my errors, and I will correct them as soon as I become aware of them, and I shall not hesitate to ask clarification for what I do not know or understand.
I make this pledge in the name of the duties and responsibilities that I humbly accept by becoming a Certified Healthcare Interpreter.
©2015, CCHI (Courtesy of Jose Garcia, President of CHIA)
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Accurate and effective communication is the most fundamental component of the healthcare encounter between patient and provider. Hospitals and healthcare providers are mandated to meet the communication needs of an increasingly diverse population. Effective language access is dependent on the quality of medical interpreting.