To learn more about CCHI’s history, click the button at the bottom of this page to read a brief publication about the history of medical interpreter certification in the U.S. and founding of CCHI.

June 2023 – The first CoreCHI-Performance™ credentials are awarded

February 11, 2023 – CCHI holds the New Credential Launch Summit: Equitable and Inclusive for All, officially launching the new ETOE exam and CoreCHI-Performance Certification

December 2022 – CCHI conducts the Language Proficiency for Interpreters (LPI) Survey, the results of which will be factored into new LPI standards for certification

May-June 2022 – CCHI conducts the 2022 Job Task Analysis study of the healthcare interpreting profession

June 2021 – The National Language Access Leadership (NLAL) Huddle is created as a forum for healthcare language access program administrators all over the country to discuss innovations, challenges, and best practices to advance language access.

May 2021 – CCHI completes the EtoE Interpreter Testing Study; for the Report Summary click here

April 3, 2020 – CCHI, in collaboration with other organizations, issues the Open Letter on Ensuring Healthcare Interpreters’ Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 14, 2019 – CCHI upgrades its testing systems and starts administering national certification exams at Prometric testing centers

October 12, 2019 – CCHI holds the first National Certification Summit in Minneapolis, MN and online, as part of its 10th anniversary celebration. More than 200 stakeholders attended the Summit on-site and over 400 virtually. Read more

June-October 2019 – CCHI invests in a major upgrade of its scheduling, testing software, and test center network to meet the growing demands

June 2019 – CCHI receives re-accreditation of the CoreCHI™ certification from NCCA (until 6/30/2024). See, in NCCA Directory – search by acronym “CCHI”

June 2018 – CCHI launches the EtoE (English-to-English) Project by convening the EtoE National Task Force Panel. Read more

July 15, 2017 – CCHI awards its inaugural “Discover Healthcare Interpreting CoreCHI” Scholarship to five recipients

June 2017 – CCHI receives re-accreditation of the CHI™-Spanish certification from NCCA

May – July 2016 – CCHI conducts its 2nd national Job Task Analysis study of the healthcare interpreting profession

02.11-12.16 –  A panel of 15 volunteer subject matter experts meets in Morrisville, NC, to start preparing for the 2nd national Job Task Analysis (JTA)

10.05.15 –  New Commissioners are elected as the founding Commissioners complete their second term

August 2015 –  CCHI has reached the benchmark of 2,000 certified interpreters nation-wide. See the national Interpreter Registry for the current number

03.07.15 –  CCHI’s Certified Interpreter Oath is administered for the first time at CHIA’s conference

01.15.15 –  The first recipients of CCHI certifications renew their certification for the first time

07.15.14 – CCHI celebrates its 5th anniversary

06.29.14 – CCHI receives NCCA Accreditation for its CoreCHI™ certification, the only certification available for healthcare interpreters of any language

09.01.13 – CCHI Launches the Continuing Education Accreditation Program (CEAP)
CCHI’s CEAP program assesses, analyzes, and accredits continuing education programs for healthcare interpreters

08.31.13 – CCHI Awards 1,000th Credential
CCHI congratulates 1,000 healthcare interpreters who have earned the nation’s highest credential available to healthcare interpreters and professional recognition of their qualification

12.21.2012 – Improving Opportunities for Healthcare Interpreters with OMH Support

07.9.2012 – CCHI develops CHI™ exam in Arabic and Mandarin thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Expand CHI™ Certifications

06.29.2012 – CCHI receives NCCA Accreditation for its CHI™-Spanish Certification
CCHI is the first and only organization certifying healthcare interpreters to receive NCCA accreditation

January 2011 – CCHI awards first CoreCHI™ and CHI™-Spanish credentials

October-November 2010 – CCHI administers its first CoreCHI™ and CHI™-Spanish certification exams

December 2009- April 2010 – CCHI conducts its 1st national Job Task Analysis study of the healthcare interpreting profession

September 2009 – CCHI is publicly launched as a national certifying body

July 15, 2009 – CCHI is incorporated as a 501(c)6 non-profit corporation in District of Columbia

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