Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters:
National, Accredited, Inclusive

Get certified with CCHI

The healthcare interpreter’s career path includes attaining a national interpreter certification. Interpreters are essential healthcare workers and an integral part of the patient care team. National certification puts the medical interpreter profession on par with other professions, including other allied healthcare professionals.

CCHI has offered an independent, national, comprehensive certification program to medical interpreters of all languages since 2009. We offer three types of certification credentials: the knowledge-based CoreCHI™ certification that is intended for interpreters of all languages, and the performance-based  certifications: CoreCHI-P™ (for interpreters of all languages) and  CHI™ that is available in Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin.

Our CoreCHI™ and CHI™-Spanish certifications are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA); these are the only accredited interpreter certifications in the U.S. CCHI is dedicated to supporting professional healthcare interpreters who value the power of education and certification.

To read more about CCHI’s 10+ years of certification efforts, click here.

The Spring 2023 CoreCHI™ Scholarship Cycle is now CLOSED! Winners will be announced on July 15, 2023.

The 2023 Spring Cycle of the “Discover Healthcare Interpreting” CoreCHI Scholarship was made possible thanks to a generous contribution from Americans Against Language Barriers (Chicago, IL). We express our deep gratitude to Kevin Thakkar personally for being instrumental in providing the support.

Americans Against Language Barriers (AALB) is an Illinois-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization aiming to improve the health of patients with limited English proficiency. They do this by training professional medical interpreters, providing interpreter services to healthcare organizations, and lobbying for policy reform. They envision a future where language services are seamlessly and freely available across the healthcare system.

Thanks to the generous contribution from AALB, CCHI will award up to five (5) scholarships, in the amount of $231 each. The Spring 2023 scholarship winners will be announced on July 15, 2023.


  • New ETOE™ Exam

    CCHI launches the new CoreCHI-Performance™ credential with the monolingual interpreting performance ETOE™ (English-to-English) exam. This performance credential is available to interpreters of all languages.

  • CCHI Stakeholders

    We work with all stakeholders: interpreters, healthcare professionals, LSCs, and interpreter educators.

  • National Registry of Certified Interpreters

    This National Certified Interpreter Registry includes CoreCHI™ and CHI™ certification recipients, as well as Candidates, CoreCHI™ Candidates, and CHI™ Candidates. Any “Candidate” status signifies that an interpreter is eligible to take a corresponding exam, but has not taken it yet.

    Click on the download arrow symbol to the very right of the interpreter’s record to see a PDF document with the details about that interpreter’s certification.

  • Critical Incident Reports Repository and Interpreter Rounds

    Medical interpreters, like other members of the patient care team, encounter multiple instances of ethical and professional dilemmas during their day-to-day practice. CCHI is managing this Repository of Critical Incident Reports (CIRs) to offer a mechanism for sharing such instances in a systemic and public manner. We encourage all medical interpreters, managers of language services, and interpreter educators to submit CIRs for public review and consideration.

    CCHI convenes experts in medical interpreting (in the U.S.) to hold national Virtual Interpreter Rounds. Panelists select critical incidents for discussion from this Repository.


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