​​​​​​Facilitating communication for the Limited English Proficiency populations

in HealthCare Settings through training

national certification process

At this time, spoken language interpreters can choose between two national certification processes. The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care has officially endorsed the certification process of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI).

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) is a national non-profit organization that certifies spoken-language interpreters through a national, valid, credible, vendor neutral testing program. CCHI awards the credential of Certified Healthcare Interpreter (CHITM) to interpreters in a limited group of language pairs who pass both a written and oral exam. The languages being certified are English<>Spanish, English<>Arabic and English<>Mandarin. 

The credential of Core Certified Healthcare Interpreter (TM) is awarded to interpreters of other languages who pass a written test only.

For more information, see CCHI's website.


The National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) is a national organization that certifies spoken-language interpreters. NBCMI awards the credential of Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) to interpreters in a limited group of language pairs who pass both a written and oral exam. As of December 2011, the language pair being certified are English<>Spanish, English<>Russian, English<>Cantonese, English<>Mandarin, English<>Korean and English<>Vietnamese. 

For more information, see NBCMI’s website.