CCHI Community:Healthcare Interpreters

Prepare for Your Exam


Congratulations on taking the next step toward becoming a certified healthcare interpreter. Our primary goal is to provide you with a credible process that will enhance the profession of healthcare interpreting and in turn benefit the communities that are in need of healthcare interpreters. CCHI has researched and built its program based on data from the field that reflects the knowledge, skills, performance and expectations for healthcare interpreting.


To Prepare for Your Exam:

  1. Download and review the test blueprint that provides details on the subjects listed below and covered by the exam: Test Content Outline 2017.

This is the current test blueprint:

CoreCHI™ Exam – Managing Healthcare Interpreter Functions

  • Professional Responsibility and Interpreter Ethics (22% of the exam)
  • Manage the Interpreting Encounter (22%)
  • Healthcare Terminology (22%)
  • U. S. Healthcare System (15%)
  • Cultural Responsiveness (19%) 

CHI™ Exam – Interpreting in a Healthcare Setting

  • Interpret Consecutively (75%)
  • Interpret Simultaneously (14%)
  • Sight Translate (9%)
  • Translate Healthcare Documents (2%)


  1. Use CCHI's Exams Study Checklist to develop and follow a personal study plan.  This could include self-study, finding a study buddy or group.

  2. Review our sample questions in the CCHI’s Candidate's Examination Handbook.

  3. Watch CCHI’s Webinars about both exams and how to prepare for them. See the PowerPoint slides about the CoreCHI exam or replay the webinar recording.
    Review the webinar about the CHI™ exam: PowerPoint slides / webinar recording
  4. Read the Job Task Analysis (JTA) Study and Results (2010) to learn how it dertermined the examination content for the exams that are currently in operation. Read the latest 2016 JTA Study report which is the foundation for updating CCHI's exams in 2017 (see #1 above).
  5. Review and understand the healthcare interpreter codes of ethics (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

  6. Review medical terminology.  Sign up for our free downloadable multi-lingual mini-glossaries at

  7. Take the CoreCHI™ Practice Exam to familiarize yourself with computer-based testing and the type of questions the actual exam contains. 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. The Practice exam is at our training modules site (, and you need to create an account first (different than your CCHI Profile account), then click on the title to purchase.For a limited time, March 12-June 12, this practice exam is offered free of charge.
  8. View PowerPoint slides about the CHI™ exam (include screenshots of actual exam).
  9. Take the CHI™ Practice Exam (You are not required to take this exam). The practice exams are free, just click on the exam title and enter the enrollment key specified in the description.
  10. For the CHI™ Exam, create your own vignettes, use YouTube videos, or purchase material that already exists in this area.

  11. Work with a language partner or record yourself and evaluate for accuracy, completeness, grammar, smooth delivery, etc.

  12. Work on your memory skills.

  13. Gather different healthcare documents and instructions given to patients in various settings and sight translate them (i.e., intake, legal waivers, patients education materials, consent forms, etc.).