Course Information & Registration

Health Care Interpreters (HCI's) who are Certified or Qualified by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) or by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) are required to take Continuing Education classes in order to renew their credentials.  The OHCIA offers interactive and relevant classes designed to expand your interpreter knowledge in the areas of Interpreter Skills, Ethics, or Other Skills.  In addition, some classes are accredited for certification renewal by the CCHI or NBCMI.  Please check individual class information below for accreditation details. For further information on renewal requirements, scroll down to the bottom of this page. Non-accredited interpreters are encouraged to take our 60-hour Health Care Interpreter training.



Best Practices in Interpreting Home Health Appointments

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hours of Credit: OHA – 3.0 hours (Skills or Other topics), CCHI – 3.0 hours, WA DSHS 3.0 hours – (General)

Instructor(s): Irina V. Stukalov, is a Russian, Ukranian and Belorussian language Health Care Interpreter. She specializes in hospice care appointments, and provides in-home hospice care. In addition, Irina has held various positions for state agencies such as the DHS as including resource specialist, claims adjustor, housing specialist, and through the Social Security Aministration’s self-sufficiency program. Through those agencies and the MWEC educational consortium, she teaches numerous topics including Home Health Care.

Description: The training material that will be covered in the class complies with the Oregon Home Care Commission, including medical and OHCC terminology, ethics, skills components, cultural competency, and home health worker accreditation. It will prepare the interpreter by exploring how home health appointment differ from other types of medical appointments, the types of home health services offered in Oregon, type of appointments interpreters may be called to interpret, the roles of various home health staff, staff requirements, policies of the OHCC, and the role of the interpreter. We will explore questions of ethics, compliance, transparency, soft skills, cultural competency, and boundaries.



OHSU School of Nursing, 1st floor Room 107
3455 SW Veterans Hospital Rd Portland, OR 97239



The program is assessed solely on attendance. Students must attend the full class to receive credit. Certificates will be emailed within 1 week.

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.


OHCIA is proud that our Continuing Education classes are approved for credit by the CCHI as well as the Oregon Health Authority.  Class certificates indicate the number of CE units approved by each organization. 

Prior to 2018, OHCIA’s CEU classes were approved only through CCHI.  Interpreters who are applying for re-certification through the NBCMI can present their Certificate of Completion indicating the name of the class and the number of credit hours.  Effective 2018, NBCMI no longer automatically accepts CCHI-approved classes for re-certification.  Interpreters should contact NBCMI directly if they feel a class they have taken is eligible for CEU credits.

Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion:
Information on renewal requirements:


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

For further details check their website HERE.

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

  • 6 Hours Health Care Interpreter Ethics

  • 6 Hours Interpretation Skills

  • 12 Hours of Any Topic Approved by the National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) or the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)