The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters offers two examinations for healthcare interpreters. Applications are now being accepted for testing dates in 2011.
Associate Healthcare Interpreter (AHI)
The CCHI Associate Healthcare Interpreter™ credential is the first credential, the foundation credential for all healthcare interpreters. Once a healthcare interpreter receives his/her CCHI Associate Healthcare Interpreter™ credential, s/he is eligible to apply for a language specific credential in one or more languages in which s/he interprets.
The CCHI Associate Healthcare Interpreter™ Examination is a computer-based, 100-question, multiple-choice exam in English that covers the basics of healthcare interpreting and focuses on the following five categories of knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Managing an Interpreting Encounter
- Healthcare Terminology
- Interact with Other Healthcare Professionals
- Prepare for an Interpreting Encounter
- Cultural Responsiveness
Spanish Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ (CHI)
The CCHI Spanish Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ certification consists of a two part examination that covers the basics of healthcare interpreting and a demonstration of interpreting skills in both consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. A healthcare interpreter will take the AHI™ examination and the CHI™ Spanish examination, an oral/performance exam that includes a number of vignettes testing consecutive and simultaneous interpreting plus sight translation via headsets with oral answers.
The CHI™ Examination is an oral performance exam that includes a demonstration of interpreting skills in both consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. It focuses on the following two categories of knowledge, skills and abilities. The examination is conducted online via computer and is scored by two independent raters.
- Interpreting in a Healthcare Encounter
- Sight Translate/Translate Healthcare Documents
For complete details and to apply online, please visit the CCHI web page.