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, 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.

FALL Course Offerings


Title:  Medical Interpreting in an Academic Setting

Hours of Credit:

  • CCHI – 3.0 hours

  • OHA – 3.0 hours (Skills or Other)

  • WA DSHS – 3.0 hours (General)

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor(s): Taught by Mary Soots, BA, MA, Anthropologist, a social researcher and policy analyst, and a Certified Health Care Interpreter (Spanish). She is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Port-land State University. She also works as a Research and Evaluation Assistant at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), is the Director of Education Programs for the Oregon Health Care Interpreters Association (OHCIA), and provides Cultural Awareness training to health professionals. Mary holds a M.A. in Anthropology from Portland State University, a B.A. in International Studies and in Anthropology, as well as Minor Degrees in Spanish and in Geography.

Description: Health care interpreting for children whose health has an impact on their development and education may take place in a variety of backdrops including schools, child development centers or home visits for early childhood intervention. Developmental delays, physical, emotional, or behavioral issues all im-pact a child’s learning. This class is designed to prepare HCI’s for a variety of appointments such as development evaluations, eligibility or Individualized Education Programs meetings, parent/school ad-ministrator appointments. This class is designed to review terminology, protocol, standards of practice for interpreting in the academic setting. 




Terms and Conditions


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). For directions and parking information check HERE.


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.

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 (CE) classes are approved for credit by the CCHI and the NBCMI as well as the Oregon Health Authority.  Class certificates indicate the number of CE units approved by each organization. 

Prior to 2018, OHCIA’s CE 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 CE credits. 


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Oregon Health  Authority - Office of Equity and Inclusion information on renewal requirements.

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)

For further details check their website HERE.