Archive for July, 2023

CCHI is looking for certified interpreters to volunteer for the CHI-Arabic test development

We are calling for volunteers (CCHI-certified interpreters) to participate in the CHI™-Arabic test development in August-November 2023.

The work will take place in August-November 2023 via Zoom (see details below). Please fill out the application linked below and submit it by August 14, 2023.

CCHI will provide all the necessary orientation and training via online collaboration tools. All tasks will also be performed remotely via video conference calls and other online applications. Please read about the commitment below so that you understand the scope of work.

Who should apply?

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

  • represent different regional varieties of Arabic
  • may also be managers (with previous practicing interpreter experience)
  • are not trainers of introductory interpreter courses (but may be trainers of continuing education courses)

If you already submitted an SME application in 2022-23, please email us at and tell us that you are interested in this prject. We may waive the requirement to submit an application again.


What are your commitments (if selected)?

  • Sign CCHI’s Confidentiality and Content Security Agreements (Review our SME Participation Policies prior to applying.)
  • Live participation in 8 two-hour meetings and several hours of independent work

1. Be able to complete a self-paced online orientation module between Aug 25 – Sep 8, which would require approximately 2-4 hours of time.

2. Be available for the 8 (eight) Zoom video conference meetings, of 2-hour duration each, on Saturday mornings (10:30 am – 12:30 pm ET) on these dates:

September 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14
November 4, 11

3. Be available for independent remote assignments between the meetings.

Please apply only if you are available on the specified days.

This is a volunteer project. CCHI will not pay any honorarium for participation in this project. However, CCHI will grant 6 PB (performance-based) CE instructional and 2 CE non-instructional hours for participation, and issue a voucher of $150 value that can be applied towards the certification renewal fee.

How to apply?

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

Please fill it out completely (mark the Position as CHI™ test development), and to submit, email the application AND your current full resume to by 08/14/23. 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 as to whether you have been selected to participate in this project by August 24, 2023.

Thank you for your interest and support!

CCHI opens nominations for 3 Commission positions

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters is opening nominations for three Commission positions for the three-year term beginning in October 2023:

  • Commissioner – 2 vacancies
  • Commissioner, Public Member – 1 vacancy

Nominees for Commissioner 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 (keep in mind that Commissioner meetings are still virtual at this time) and the criteria for selecting Commissioners. Also, please read the CCHI Policies for Commissioners at

Nominations for Public Member must adhere to NCCA Standards, which are as follows: The public or consumer member preferably should be a consumer or potential consumer of the certificants’ skills or services. This individual may be a member of a community of patients with LEP or have experience in the field of advocacy for language access for patients with LEP. The individual who is a public member may NOT be any of the following:

  • A current or previous member of the profession, occupation, role, or specialty area encompassed by the certification program;
  • A supervisor, manager, direct co-worker, or an employee or subordinate of individuals in the profession encompassed by the certification program;
  • An employee of an individual certified by the certification program or of an employer of individuals in the profession encompassed by the certification program;
  • A person who currently receives or within the last five years has received income from the profession encompassed by the certification program.

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 9, 2023 to:

Spring 2023 Discover HCI Scholarship Awards

July 15, 2023

Washington, DC
Chicago, IL

Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)
Americans Against Language Barriers (AALB)

We are delighted to announce the three recipients of the Spring 2023 cycle of the “Discover Healthcare Interpreting” CoreCHI™ Scholarship. This scholarship supports certification of interpreters of languages for which CHI™ certification is not currently available. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Americans Against Language Barriers and Kevin Thakkar, personally, for the contribution to our Spring 2023 scholarship.

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.

The Spring 2023 recipients of the “Discover Healthcare Interpreting” CoreCHI™ Scholarship, sponsored by Americans Against Language Barriers, are:

1. Abigail Santos Terrazzino (Tagalog, TN)
2. Hayat Ullah Noory (Dari, GA)
3. Carroll Phillips (French, MD)

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

CCHI Commissioners and Staff
Americans Against Language Barriers

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