Monthly News Archives: September 2014


CCHI now has testing centers in Portland, Oregon!

CCHI, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, now has a testing center in Portland, Oregon.

To understand the CCHI certification process, click on this link.

Then, click on “Get Certified”. It will take you to this page.

The PowerPoint on this page explains the process in more detail. Please check it out!

We are sharing this today because several of us received this email, which is being copied with permission. Those who have passed the written CHI exam (now CoreCHI) can simply take the oral exam in October. Those who want to start the process and take the exam in October need to start the process now.

We’d like to share great news with you. CCHI has just opened a testing site in Portland! The site administers both certification exams – written CoreCHI™ and oral CHI™. The site is operated by VDO Interpreters.

CoreCHI exams are administered year around, and CHI exams are administered during 4 testing windows only. For the schedule of CHI testing, please see our page at In order to schedule their exam, a candidate must first have received their Notice to Schedule for a specific exam. In the Notice to Schedule, there will be a link to the testing site location and contact information.

If you are a Spanish, Arabic or Mandarin interpreter and would like to get certified this fall, you need to pass your CoreCHI exam by October 5th. So hurry to pay for the exam by 9/15!

CCHI Commissioners are especially grateful to OHCIA Board members, VDO Interpreters and all our other supporters in Oregon for helping us establish this testing site in Portland!
For information about the certification process, how to prepare for the exam, where to find a 40-hour training, please view the links on this webpage:

If you are already certified, we’d like to let you know that we have an Oregon training program accredited for 24 CE hours (Gaucha Translations). The same trainer offers beginner-level courses for candidates who need 40 hours of training to meet our eligibility requirements. For the list of all accredited Continuing Education programs, go to
We thank you for your continued support and ask you to help us spread the word about CCHI testing in Oregon!

Best regards,
CCHI Commissioners

This email was sent by CCHI Commissioners at 1725 I Street NW – Suite 300, Washington, DC, 20006, United States.


OSTI Conference! October 4, 2014 – Meeting the Demands of the Language Professional

Celebrate International Translators Day with OSTI, the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters!

Join us at OSTI’s first annual conference! This year’s featured speakers can help language professionals manage the challenges (demands) of the profession using the resources (controls) available.

Where: Albany, Oregon
When: Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

For more information, click here.
To register, click here.


Contractor Yoga – by Jessica Dover

One of our Board members, Jessica Dover, has written an article for the Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters:

We interpreters pride ourselves on our flexibility. The amount of contractor “yoga” we perform every day is pretty astounding. Balancing room space and equipment setup, creating glossaries on the fly, deciding if taking one particularly juicy job and giving back another is worth annoying your scheduler … the list goes on. It’s not easy, it takes practice, and most successful contractors I know are successful because they have mastered the art of contractor yoga. We learn to not fear the change but embrace it, work with it – in the end it makes us more money!

Read more here, on pages 2 and 3!