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Have you made a decision to invest in your career as a professional medical interpreter and want to know the best strategy to reach your goal? You really need to become certified. Healthcare ...

Have you made a decision to invest in your career as a professional medical interpreter and want to know the best strategy to reach your goal? You really need to become certified. Healthcare interpreting is one of the fastest growing allied professions in the health care industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 42 percent growth in employment in the occupation of interpreter and translator, with a little less than 25,000 new positions.

At the same time interpreting is a truly competitive field nowadays. Healthcare providers are starting to realize that the real solution to ensuring meaningful language access for patients with limited English proficiency is making sure that interpreters are certified. More and more employers of interpreters – hospitals, language companies and agencies – prefer or require certification as a prerequisite for hiring.

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) offers a national, valid, credible and vendor-neutral certification process for healthcare interpreters. The CCHI community of credentialed interpreters is growing fast. In the course of three and half years of the certification existence, over 1,280 interpreters have been awarded CCHI’s credentials.

This PowerPoint is a practical, step-by-step overview of the CCHI certification application process.

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How to apply for medical interpreter certification with CCHI How to apply for medical interpreter certification with CCHI Presentation Transcript

  • How to apply for CCHI’s exams (and become certified)? March 28, 2014 Natalya Mytareva, M.A., AHI™ Managing Director Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) www.cchicertification.org
  • A National, Valid, Credible, Vendor-Neutral Certification Program  National – A portable credential that follows the Interpreter throughout their career  Valid – The single most important concept – the certification test measures what it intends to measure  Credible – Created by Interpreters, for Interpreters and the public good  Vendor-Neutral – Developed from the ground up and not reliant on any existing certification, training, testing or assessment developed or licensed by other organizations. No individual, organization, vendor or entity has any financial or other stake in the program's administration
  • Accomplishments By Interpreters, for Interpreters and the Public Good  13 Commissioners  20 Advisors and 1 Managing Director  50 Supporters  2,479 Job Task Analysis Participants  115 Test Development Subject Matter Experts  Over 1,280 AHI™ and CHI™ Credentials Awarded  47 Continuing Education programs accredited with CEAP
  • What is Certification?  Assessment of an individual’s professional competencies, and  Recognition that an individual has met certain predetermined standards recognized as sufficient for the professional performance  Voluntary process  Not a “teaching” experience www.cchicertification.org
  • CCHI Certification is available to  Interpreters of all languages  Interpreters working in all modalities:  Face-to-face  Telephonic  Video  Interpreters in any state  Staff, contractor or volunteer interpreters www.cchicertification.org
  • Who is CCHI Certification for? An Entry-Level Interpreter: A person who is able to perform the functions of a healthcare interpreter competently and independently in a healthcare setting with the knowledge, skill and ability required to relay messages accurately from a source language to a target language in a culturally competent manner and in accordance with established ethical standards.
  • Credentials Offered  Associate Healthcare Interpreter™ (AHI™) Core knowledge credential available to all interpreters EXCEPT Spanish-, Arabic- and Mandarin-speaking interpreters  Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ (CHI™) Language-specific credential, currently available to Spanish-, Arabic - and Mandarin-speaking interpreters www.cchicertification.org
  • Test Development Process 347 candidates participated in the pilot A group of volunteers under the guidance of psychometricians evaluates and validated the results The process was validated by NCCA accreditation of the CHI™-Spanish certification Pilot & Validate the Tests Two nationally recognized psychometricians directed the process Followed the best practices for certification tests Create Psychometrically Valid Tests 115 volunteers became our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) Demographic, linguistic, cultural, experience and geographic diversity Select Volunteers to Represent the Profession National Survey – Job Task Analysis 2,479 participants Describe the Profession
  • Step 1 - Review the Certification Process Review Eligibility Requirements, the certification process, and test center locations – at our website: www.CCHIcertification.org – and in the Candidate’s Examination Handbook: www.cchicertification.org/images/pdfs/candidatehandbook.pdf www.cchicertification.org
  • Healthcare Interpreting Training Requirement  It must be training, i.e. not just interpreting (even if under someone’s supervision) and not self-study  It may be on-the-job training provided by your employer, but you must have a document which states: Your name Organization’s contact info that provided the training Dates and specific hours of training Specific topics of training www.cchicertification.org
  • Healthcare Interpreting Training Requirement  30 hours must be on the subject of healthcare interpreting  5 hours may be attending any interpreting conference  5 hours may be in a related professional training, e.g. court or conference interpreting, medical specialty http://www.cchicertification.org/index.php?option=co m_content&view=article&id=90&Itemid=4#HIT www.cchicertification.org
  • Credentialing Exams 1. AHI™ credential – 1 exam: multiple-choice AHI™ exam in English 2. CHI™ credential – 2 exams: the same multiple choice exam as for the AHI™ + An oral language-specific CHI™ exam www.cchicertification.org
  • AHI™ Test Centers
  • AHI™ Test Centers
  • CHI™ Test Centers
  • Step 2 - When ready, create a CCHI Profile
  • 2. When ready, create a CCHI Profile
  • Create a CCHI Profile
  • Your CCHI Profile
  • CCHI Interpreter Registry
  • Application Process  Fill out online application and pay $35 application fee, click “Submit” button.  It takes 30 days to review an application.  Then you get an email “Your Exam Eligibility” – this is your prompt to pay for the AHI™ exam. Our emails will come from the @cchi.learningbuilder.com address.  After you pay the AHI™ fee ($175), you will get an email “Scheduling Your AHI™ Exam” which explains that you need to get an AHI™ Notice to Schedule before you can call a test center and schedule your exam. www.cchicertification.org
  • Payment for Application & Exams  All payment is done online via PayPal.  All fees are non-refundable.  Exam fees is for one administration only.  Your employer may also pay for you. CCHI can issue an invoice to the employer. The employer may pay by check.  CCHI has volume discounts for employers purchasing 10+ exams. Contact us at billing@CCHIcertification.org for details. www.cchicertification.org
  • Your CCHI Profile
  • Your CCHI Profile www.cchicertification.org
  • Notices to Schedule AHI™ & CHI™ Notices to Schedule are issued twice a month by our testing vendor:  If you paid between 12:01 am on the 16th and 12:00 am on the 30th – your Notice will be emailed on the 3rd of the month, and you can call to schedule starting the 5th of the month.  If you paid between 12:01 am on the 30th and 12:00 am on the 15th – your Notice will be emailed on the 17th of the month, and you can call to schedule starting the 20th of the month. www.cchicertification.org
  • Notices to Schedule 1. In the AHI™ Notice to Schedule email from Comira you will get a link to the test center network. 2. You will get a different CHI™ Notice to Schedule email from McCann Associates with a link to a different test center network. 3. Please DO NOT schedule your exam before you get the Notice for the specific exam. You will forfeit the fee you paid. www.cchicertification.org
  • Notice to Schedule gives you a specific link www.cchicertification.org
  • Interpreter Registry and Credential Verification
  • Credential Verification www.cchicertification.org
  • www.cchicertification.org info@cchicertification.org Like us on www.facebook.com/CCHIcertification Follow us on Twitter @CCHIcertify