If you have considered becoming a Certified Medical Interpreter you have probably heard of the two national certification organizations: the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI). The prerequisites for both certifications are similar. Before applying you should be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, proof of proficiency in English and another language, and have completed at least 40 hours of medical interpreter training. They also require that you complete a written and oral assessment. The written assessment will test your knowledge of interpreter standards of practice, medical terminology, the role of a medical interpreter, and ethics, while the oral assessment will assess your interpretation skills.
Once you have completed the certification requirements, you will have to complete a continuing education requirement in order to qualify for renewal. Visit our page on Continuing Education for more information about continuing education requirements and available courses.