Archive for July, 2021

CCHI is calling for certified interpreters to volunteer to create new content for the certification exams

We are calling for volunteers to participate in creating new items for the CoreCHI™ and CHI™ exams! Please fill out the application below (choose the category you are interested in) and submit it by August 16, 2021.

We are looking for volunteer Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who will work remotely from September 1 through December 20, 2021. CCHI will provide all the necessary orientation and training via video conference calls and online collaboration tools. All tasks will also be performed via remote tools.

We will select 4 groups of SMEs, each consisting of 12-20 SMEs:

  1. item writers for the CoreCHI™ exam
  2. item writers for the CHI™ exam (content in English)
  3. item reviewers for the CoreCHI™ exam
  4. item reviewers for the CHI™ exam

Groups 1-2 will work in September-October, and Groups 3-4 will work in November-December.

Who should apply?

Our goal is to convene a diverse panel of SMEs, certified CoreCHI™ and CHI™ interpreters, who represent healthcare interpreters in the U.S. in a comprehensive manner. We are looking for volunteers – practicing interpreters who have CoreCHI™ or CHI™ certification (this requirement is mandatory) – who:

  • have various years of experience – from 1 to 10+
  • work in different modalities and different healthcare settings
  • represent different regional varieties of their LOTE (Language Other Than English)
  • may also be managers (but still practicing interpreters)
  • are not trainers of introductory interpreter courses (but may be trainers of continuing education courses).

What are your commitments (if selected)?

1. Sign CCHI’s Confidentiality and Content Security Agreements. (Review our SME Participation Policies prior to applying.)

2. Be available for 3-4 video conference meetings via GoToMeeting or Zoom:
on Wednesdays or Thursdays – two-hour calls at 7-9 pm ET/ 6-8 pm CT, OR,  for the West coast, 6-8 pm PT (specific dates will be provided after your selection and assignment to a specific group) during September-December 2021.

Please apply only if you are available during the above times on Wednesdays or Thursdays in September-December 2021.

3. Be able to complete independent online assignments which require writing 20-30 questions for the CoreCHI™ exam or 5-10 items for the CHI™ exam.

This is a volunteer project. CCHI will not pay any honorarium for participation in this project. However, CCHI will grant 4 PB CE instructional and 2 CE non-instructional hours for participation.

How to apply?

Click here to download CCHI’s SME Application in MS Word format.

Please fill it out completely (choose the category/exam you are interested in and indicate if you wish to be an item writer or item reviewer), and to submit, email the application AND your current full resume, to by 08/16/21. Only electronically submitted, complete applications will be considered.

If you have any questions about this project or about the SME application, contact us at

You will be notified if you are selected to participate in this project by August 20, 2021.

Thank you for your interest and support!

CCHI opens nominations for 3 Commissioner positions

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters is opening nominations for the three Commissioner positions for the term from October 2021 to October 2024.

Nominees must represent a stakeholder group of the healthcare interpreting profession, healthcare interpreting industry, or field of language access to health care.

Before nominating, please review the expectations of the CCHI Commissioner and the criteria for selecting Commissioners. Also please read CCHI Policies for Commissioners at

You may nominate yourself or someone else. If you nominate someone, prior to submission of the nomination, that individual must agree to the nomination and to serve for a term of three (3) years.

Nominations must be submitted on the Nomination Form (click to download as a pdf file OR as  a MS Word file) as an attachment via email with the subject “CCHI Commissioner nomination” by 8:00 p.m. EDT on August 10, 2021 to:

Spring 2021 Discover HCI Scholarship Awards

July 15, 2021

Washington, DC
Walnut, CA

Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)

We are delighted to announce five recipients of the 2021 Spring cycle of the “Discover Healthcare Interpreting” CoreCHI™ Scholarship. This scholarship supports certification of interpreters of languages for which only the CoreCHI™ certification is currently available. We would like to take this opportunity to thank and Richard Antoine, personally, for the contribution to our 2021 Spring scholarship. specializes in training bicultural and bilingual individuals in the knowledge and skills needed to become qualified medical or healthcare interpreters and to successfully obtain professional certification. Our 40-hour training program is language supportive. We provide bilingual course materials and coaching for all students, whatever their language of service. This course is offered via in-person and live, online formats. We also offer a selection of continuing education courses on topics of specific interest to healthcare and medical interpreters.

The Spring 2021 recipients of the “Discover Healthcare Interpreting” CoreCHI™ Scholarship, sponsored by, are:

1. Gabriela Brumar (Romanian, IL)
2. Getachew Haile (Amharic, Oromo, WA)
3. Maggie Ann Herrera (Navajo, NM)
4. Innocent Ndizeye (Kirundi, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, French, KY)
5. Thi Diem Duyen Pham (Vietnamese, NC)

CCHI and commend the achievements and the commitment to professional success of the scholarship winners. We wish them the best of luck on their testing and certification journey.

CCHI Commissioners and staff

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