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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 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.