Frequently Asked Questions

  • I translate documents. Can this be considered performance-based training?

    No, translating a document in itself or research in connection with such translation is not considered to be continuing education.

    CCHI defines performance based (PB) training as training aimed to improve the healthcare interpreter’s skills in the three interpreting modes – consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation and, also, in translation (maximum 4 hours are allowed). PB courses must include instructor-led practice (in-person or online). Online courses do not need to have a human instructor but must be structured in a way that allows the student to practice the three modes of interpreting or to practice translation and receive some feedback or model translation of assignments. The same applies to the online interpreting courses.

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  • I do consecutive interpreting – can this be considered performance-based continuing education?

    No, interpreting (or translating a document) in itself or preparing for an interpreting assignment is not considered to be continuing education.

    CCHI defines performance based (PB) training as training aimed to improve the healthcare interpreter’s skills in the three interpreting modes – consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation. PB courses must include instructor-led practice in those modes of interpreting (in-person or online). Online courses do not need to have a human instructor but must be structured in a way that allows the student to practice the three modes of interpreting and receive some feedback or model interpretation of assignments. The same applies to the online translation courses.

     

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  • What is the Certified Interpreter Oath?

    In 2015, CCHI adopted a tradition to administer the Certified Interpreter Oath at conferences and other professional events to affirm our certificants’ adherence to the healthcare interpreter code of ethics. The text of the oath is available at the Certified Interpreters wepbage – here.

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  • What is the accepted length (duration) of a continuing education training (CE course or event)?

    Effective May 1, 2019, the minimum duration of a CE activity is 30 minutes for general topics and 60 minutes for performance-based (PB) topics. Courses of lesser duration are not accepted by CCHI.

    A CE activity (workshop, webinar, conference session, online module, etc.) may include PB exercises that are less than 60 minutes. For example, a one-hour workshop accredited as 1 PB CE hours, may include 15 minutes of non-performance, introductory content.

    For more information about CCHI’s CE requirements, go to http://cchicertification.org/renew-certification/renewal-process/.

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  • How can I change or add an email or phone number to my CCHI account (profile)?

    Please review these screenshots of the CCHI’s online application system at Your Profile.

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  • Do you have a newsletter? Where can I see the previous issues?

    Yes, we publish an electronic newsletter to our subscribers. To see the previous issues, please go to the CCHI Stakeholders webpage at http://cchicertification.org/our-community/ and click on the blue bar “CCHI Newsletters”.

    To subscribe, enter your email in the subscription field at the bottom of on any page.

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  • How do we accredit a training course with CEAP/CCHI?

    CCHI administers the national Continuing Education Accreditation Program (CEAP) to allow training providers to accredit their continuing education programs (courses), as well as to accredit conferences and other events organized by interpreter and translator associations.

    Please read the CEAP Manual and visit the CEAP website at www.ceapcchi.org for more information.

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  • Renewal certificate: I renewed 2 months ago, and I did not receive my renewal certificate. Why?

    Please check the end date of your active certification. Your certification is valid for 4 years from the date of award (which is the date of passing your relevant exam). Your certification renewal certificate is emailed to you within 4 weeks of the end date of your active certification. So even if you renewed the certification ahead of time, the certificate will be emailed only after the current certification expires. If you need an official proof of maintaining your certification while you are waiting for the certificate, please download a pdf file from the online National Interpreter Registry. Search by your name, and in the results area, click on the down arrow  on the far right, to view and download the proof of your certification status.

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  • Can I get an ID card with my photo, a photo ID badge?

    Yes, you may purchase a CCHI photo ID badge verifying your certification. Click here for details.

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  • How do I receive my certificate?

    Your certificate is emailed to you within 2 weeks of receiving the official passing score. The certificate is a pdf attachment to an email that will come from our vendor BrightDoc (orders@brightdoc.com). If you do not receive the certificate within 2 weeks of your getting your official score, contact us at apply@CCHIcertification.org.

    Your certification renewal certificate is emailed to you within 4-6 weeks of the end date of your active certification, as long as you received our confirmation that your renewal application has been approved.

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