CCHI’s certification program is intended for a healthcare interpreter of any language at an entry-level position, defined more specifically as: “A person who is able to perform the functions of a healthcare interpreter competently, independently, and unsupervised in any setting and in any modality where health care is provided, with the knowledge, skill, and ability required to relay messages accurately from a source language to a target language in a culturally competent manner and in accordance with established ethical standards.” CCHI offers three national certifications for medical interpreters of any language: the Core Certification Healthcare Interpreter™ (CoreCHI™), the CoreCHI-Performance™ (CoreCHI-P™), and Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ (CHI™) certifications. All information about our policies and procedures is described in CCHI Candidate’s Examination Handbook.
The CoreCHI™, CoreCHI-P™, and the CHI™ certifications are valid for four years from the date when CCHI granted/issued the credential. This date is on the certificate you received from CCHI.
CCHI established its specific certification renewal requirements in order to assure that certified interpreters keep abreast of the profession’s development and, according to CCHI’s definition of continued competence, maintain their skills to (at minimum) the level achieved at certification. We encourage all certified interpreters to aim at increasing and enriching their skills through their professional and educational experiences; our field is always developing!