Once you have gone through this blog, you will have detailed knowledge of the two main US National Medical Interpreting Certifications and how Global Arena’s Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreting program will help you to achieve your goal to become a National Medical Interpreter.

This blog is an exercise to help you understand the requirements to become a Certified National Medical Interpreter. We established the below flow-chart to help you to easily navigate through the requirements while comparing both certifications. There are currently two main Medical Interpreting Certifications: The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI).

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI)

The mission of the National Board is to support improved healthcare outcomes, patient safety, and patient/provider communication. At the NBCMI they so by elevating the standards and the quality of medical interpreting through a nationally recognized and validated certification for medical interpreters.

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (National Board) governs the Hub-CMI credential and CMI certification programs. The NBCMI is an independent division of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA).

Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)

CCHI’s purpose is to develop and administer a comprehensive national medical interpreter certification program. In doing so, CCHI assesses medical interpreters’ competence and help ensure quality of interpreting in any healthcare setting and in any modality of interpreting. CCHI brings together medical interpreters, representatives from national and regional non-profit interpreting associations, language companies, community-based organizations, educational institutions, healthcare providers, and advocates for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP).

CCHI provides several Medical Interpreting programs such the Core Certification Healthcare Interpreter™ (CoreCHI™) and Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ (CHI™) certifications for interpreters. Also, CCHI provides CEAP (Continuing Education Accreditation Program) for educators/trainers.

Interested in obtaining a national medical interpreter certification?

Global Arena has compiled all the essential information needed for interpreters looking to obtain a national medical interpreter certification. Use our Path to Medical Interpreter Certification to determine which one is right for you. The below flow-chart lists the requirements and also the necessary steps to elevate you Medical Interpreting credentials. If you need additional assistance, or you have questions about the certifications, we are here to help.

The common denominator for both certifications is the successful completion of a Medical Interpreter Educational program that is at least 40 hours of length. Certificate of completion is the only acceptable proof. Global Arena can help you to comply with this requirement thanks to its Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreting program. Certificate of completion is provided to you upon successful completion of the program and final test. Our ratio of success is 100% and we have trained over 160 interpreters during the last 4 years.

Path to Medical Interpreter Certification



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