Certification eligibility

CCHI has established specific eligibility requirements or “prerequisites” for interpreters applying to CCHI’s certification programs. Every applicant must meet these requirements in order to sit for the exam.

CCHI requires applicants to upload documentation evidencing that they meet the requirements in the online application in an electronic format (as a pdf or jpg file). Documents issued in a non-English language must include the English translation in the same file. More info is in CCHI’s Candidate’s Examination Handbook.

Requirements to begin your certification

  • 18 Years & General Education

    You must be at least 18 years old and have, at a minimum, a U.S. high school diploma (or GED) or its equivalent from another country.

  • 40 Hours of Professional Training

    You must complete at least 40 hours of healthcare interpreter training (academic or non-academic program).

  • Dual Language Proficiency

    You must have linguistic proficiency in English and in the primary language of service for which you are seeking a credential.

* Please review CCHI’s Disciplinary Policy (p. 2-3) for information related to ineligibility of applicants with criminal charges or convictions.

  • How to apply

    CCHI has an online application process that requires an applicant to create a Profile. This Profile remains active as long as the interpreter moves through the certification process and, subsequently, renews their certification. As of October 12, 2017, CCHI requires applicants to upload documentation that evidences their eligibility in an electronic format (as a pdf or jpg file) in the application.

    View the PowerPoint Slides (with detailed screenshots of the application ) or listen to the recording of the webinar#GetCertified with CCHI” (02/23/18).

    If you have any questions about your application, contact us by email at apply@cchicertification.org. When necessary, our staff then will schedule a phone call with you.

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