Medical Interpreting

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This page only lists the certification requirements for medical interpreting in Oregon

Outline of requirements for medical interpreting certification compiled from the Oregon Healthcare Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. Please check this site for the OEI’s latest updates.

Qualified interpreters
Registration: Application to OHA
Language fluency: Pass a language proficiency evaluation test (speaking and listening) from an OHA approved testing center – or demonstrate having met equivalent language proficiency requirements.
Note: documentation of passing the CCHI or NBCMI certification exam may be used as verification of language proficiency.
Education requirements: High School Diploma or GED
Training: 60 hours of training
Interpreting Experience: 40 hours
Skills Testing: Not required
This is the highest possible credential for languages with no medical certification exam.

Certified interpreters:
Registration: Application to OHA
Language fluency: Pass a language proficiency evaluation test (speaking and listening) from an OHA approved testing center – or demonstrate having met equivalent language proficiency requirements.
Note: documentation of passing the CCHI or NBCMI certification exam may be used as verification of language proficiency.
Education requirements: High School Diploma or GED
Training: 60 hours of training
Interpreting Experience: 80 hours
Skills Testing: Oral and written national certification tests
Highest possible credential for Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Vietnamese and Spanish.

Listing of training providers approved by Oregon Health Authority, at this link.

To take the National Medical Certification Exams, proof of having attended an approved training program is required. Such programs can be found at the following links.

Listing of Education events approved by the IMIA: Click here
This link includes both introductory courses and CE events. You can select for online and for in-person trainings, and you can select for location.
Programs acceptable for NBCMI and CCHI certification exams are listed in this registry.
Continuing Education programs are also listed, but are not the initial 40 hour programs.

CCHI listing of training providers: Click here
Some are accredited for CCHI CEU, and some are not. CCHI focuses on accrediting Continuing Education programs, since the IMIA verifies the quality of the introductory 40 hour programs.

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