We require applicants to have completed 40 hours of interpreter training specifically related to health care. Interpreting experience is not accepted as a substitute for training. Applicants are not required to have work experience prior to taking the examinations.
Any combination of the following is accepted:
For the on-the-job training to be accepted, the provided documentation should include:
The following is accepted as alternative trainings by CCHI:
We recognize that there is some overlap between healthcare interpreting or other interpreting, and training for health professionals. However, there are also significant differences in the ethics, standards of practice, and terminology used among the respective fields. Thus, we allow applicants to count some non-healthcare interpreter related experiences towards CCHI’s 40-hour healthcare interpreter training requirement. More information about what is allowed is explained in CCHI Candidate’s Examination Handbook.
Click on the button below to view some prerequisite training programs advertised by training providers on our website. The listed programs are offered just as examples; CCHI does not approve or accredit prerequisite programs.