CCHI's certification program ensures the consistency of professional competencies, standards and practices among healthcare interpreters across the healthcare field.
By making CCHI certification a requisite for job applications and a requirement for hiring interpreters or contracting with vendors of language services, managers of Interpreter Services and Programs will not need to set up time-consuming and costly ways to assess the qualifications of hired or contracted services. Why?
CCHI offers a three-step healthcare interpreter competence assurance process based on the best national practices and standards validated through a third-party accreditation by NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies):
- Rigorous application process that determines if a bilingual person meets the prerequisite requirements and qualifies to take a certification examination.
- Taking and passing CCHI’s Core Certification Healthcare Interpreter (CoreCHI™) and language-specific oral performance CHI™ examinations that measure the medical interpreter’s knowledge, abilities and skills necessary to perform their job tasks in an independent, safe and culturally appropriate manner.
- Certification maintenance requires all certificants to meet CCHI’s Continuing Education and Work Experience Requirements that are designed to prevent the interpreter’s knowledge and skills obsolescence.
By hiring or contracting CCHI-certified interpreters, you get an authoritative third-party assurance that interpreters can perform entry-level job tasks in all three modes of interpreting – consecutive, simultaneous, and sight translation – in a variety of medical and healthcare settings, efficiently and safely.
Our National Healthcare Interpreter Registry allows any healthcare administrator, employer or contractor of interpreters to:
- verify the person’s certification status through a name search, and
- search for certified interpreters by city, state, or language.