Course Information & Registration

These courses provide an interactive and relevant continuing education experience to Health Care Interpreters (HCI’s) who are Certified or Qualified by the Oregon Health Authority, a division of the Oregon Office of Equity and Inclusion. Continuing Education classes (except exam preparation classes) will be acceptable for continuing education units (CEUs) with CCHI, and the Oregon Health Authority. For further information on renewal requirements, check HERE or scroll down to the bottom of this page. Non-accredited interpreters are encouraged to take our 64-hour Health Care Interpreter training.


Course offerings

Title:  Interpreter Self-Care Class
Hours of Credit: 3 hours (aPPROVED BY CCHI)

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Instructor: Óscar Fernández, Ph.D.
Description:  Running out of steam? In this interactive workshop, Óscar will introduce self-care tools for addressing vicarious trauma in the interpretation profession.
Interpreting is a highly demanding task, so taking care of our minds and our bodies is extremely important to making sure we are able to keep interpreting accurately.



Hours of Credit: 3 hours (APPROVED BY CCHI)

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:00 am - 12:00pm
Instructor: Lucrecia Suarez, LCSW
Description:  Interpreting in a mental health setting has unique challenges.  This class will address those challenges and guides interpreters in maintaining professional standards and to understand their unique role in the behavioral health setting.



Title:  Ethics & Standards of Practice
Hours of Credit: 6 hours (APPROVED BY CCHI)

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8:30 am—3:30 pm
Instructor: Melanie DeLeon, M.S., ASL Court Certified Interpreter
Description: The goal of this advanced Ethics training is to help participants have a better understanding of Health Care Interpreter Code of Ethics. By the end of the training, participants should be able to identify conflicts and how to apply the Code to decision making in a medical interpreting setting through scenarios based discussions.   This includes role plays and group discussion.



TitleSkill-Building for Spanish Interpreters
Hours of Credit: 3 hours (APPROVED BY CCHI)

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Oscar Fernandez, Ph.D.
Description:  This class will be taught primarily in Spanish, and will include the following:

1.  Practicing simultaneous and consecutive interpreting from English to Spanish and Spanish to English in a variety of scenarios
2.  Learning how to handle Spanish-specific challenges with patients and providers.
3.  Spanish terminology that interpreters tend to confuse.

4.  Using role play to review the standards of practice created by the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC): confidentiality, impartiality, respect, cultural awareness, role boundaries, professionalism, professional development, and advocacy.



Title:  Cultural Awareness for Health Care Interpreters
Hours of Credit: 3 hours (APPROVED BY CCHI)

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 1:00pm-4:00pm 

Instructor: Mary Soots, MA, CMI
Description: This class uses culture as a lens by which to view health care and the role of the medical interpreter. Culture is a system of customs, beliefs and behaviors. Social ideology determines our views of wellness, disease, health care, aging, death and burial, which vary across cultures and over time. Differences between traditional and Western medicine are explored, as are economic and political influences in the area of health care. The course is designed to direct the medical interpreter when called upon to interpret culture and at times to advocate for the patient.





No cash refunds.  Credit may be applied toward future classes


OHSU School of Nursing, 1st floor Room  (3455 SW Veterans Hospital Rd Portland, OR 97239)  


The program is assessed solely on attendance. Students must attend the full class to receive credit.


Please contact us know if you need any additional accommodations.



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OHA RENEWAL: All Oregon State approved HCI letters (Qualified and Certified are valid for 3 years from the date of issue .

All Qualified and Certified HCI's must complete 24 hours of OHA approved continuing education (CEU):


  • Six Hours Health Care Interpreter Ethics
  • Six Hours Interpretation Skills
  • Twelve Hours of Any Topic Approved by the National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) or the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)

This course will be acceptable for continuing education units (CEUs) with CCHI, and the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Important Notes:

Renewal is not an option for qualified HCI’S whose languages have certification exams available. Qualified HCI’S in the languages of Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese must become certified upon termination of their qualification. To do so, they must complete 24 hours of continuing education classes and pass certification exams.


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