Course Information & Registration

Health Care Interpreters (HCI's) who are currently 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 over the 4-year period in order to renew or maintain their credentials. For further information on renewal requirements, scroll down to the bottom of this page.  

The OHCIA offers interactive and relevant classes designed to expand your interpreter knowledge in the areas of Interpreter Skills, Ethics, or Other Skills.  Please check individual class information below for accreditation details.  In addition, some classes are accredited for certification renewal by the CCHI or NBCMI.   Non-accredited interpreters are encouraged to take our 60-hour Health Care Interpreter training.





Appropriate Advocacy: Language Access and Patient Safety

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hours of Credit: OHA – 3.0 hours (Ethics or Other topics), CCHI – 3.0 hours

Instructor(s): Felicity Ratway holds a Master’s degree in Interpreting and Translation Studies and has been working as an interpreter in Oregon since 2015. She is a Certified Medical Interpreter through NBCMI and has received a letter of certification from the state of Oregon. In addition to her work as an interpreter, Felicity has experience drafting language access policies and procedures and creating trainings for medical staff on working with interpreters.

Description: Under the National Code of Ethics for Healthcare Interpreters, the interpreter has the responsibility to step out of the interpreting role when necessary for patient safety. How can interpreters decide when it is necessary to intervene? In this course, interpreters will get an overview of language access legislation and its relationship to patient safety, learn about ethical considerations to take into account before deciding to intervene on a patient’s behalf, and practice intervening appropriately on a patient's behalf.


HCI Note-taking Skills

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Hours of Credit: OHA – 3.0 hours (Skills-building), CCHI – 3.0 hours, NBCMI – 0.3 hours, WA DSHS 3.0 (General)

Instructor(s): Jazmin Manarrez, owner of LinguaCulture Connections, Licensed Trainer, Chair of the National Board for Certification of Medical Interpreters, and former Vice President of the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters.

Description: This class is designed to teach the Health Care Interpreter improve their note-taking skills during consecutive interpreting sessions. Note-taking is a useful tool to supplement memory skills and reduces

the need to interrupt the flow of conversation. Learn to identify key concepts and words such as who, what, when, where, why, how, to use abbreviations and symbols. The class will provide plenty of opportunity to hone your skills..



Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Hours of Credit: OHA – 3.0 hours (Ethics), CCHI – 3.0 hours, NBCMI – 0.3 hours

Instructor(s): Sara Taggart, MPA, Prevention, Education & Partnerships Manager at Children’s Center.

Description: Video-based and interactive workshop offered through a grant from The Ford Family Foundation to raise the bar of awareness of the very difficult issue of child sexual abuse. Most adults remain uncomfortable broaching the subject despite the reality that at least 1 in 10 children experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. To overcome this barrier and begin a real conversation, the workshops use the nationally recognized and evidence informed Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention curriculum. The workshop integrates survivor stories, facts about child sexual abuse, and concrete steps that Health Care Interpreters can take to recognize, prevent and respond skillfully to concerns.


Cultural Awareness for Health Care Interpreters

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Hours of Credit: OHA – 3.0 hours (Ethics), CCHI – 3.0 hours, NBCMI – 0.3 hours

Instructor(s): 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 Portland 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: 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 medical interpreter is called upon to interpret culture and at times to advocate for the patient.



Interpreter Self-Care

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Hours of Credit: OHA – 3.0 hours (Skills or Other), CCHI – 3.0 hours, WA DSHS – 3.0 hours (General)*pending

Instructor(s): Óscar Fernández, Ph.D—Portland State University, University Studies faculty & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator

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.



Those Darned Equivalencies: Escaping the Snares

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Hours of Credit: OHA – 3.0 hours (Skills or Other), CCHI – 3.0 hours, WA DSHS – 3.0 hours (General)*pending

Instructor(s): Christina Healy has been interpreting in the Deaf community for 15 years. She earned her BS in ASL/English Interpreting from Western Oregon University and her MA and PhD in Linguistics from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. While studying on the east coast she also worked as a freelance interpreter and taught interpreting courses in Baltimore and linguistics courses at Gallaudet. She is thrilled to be back in the Pacific Northwest, getting to know the interpreters here, mentoring new colleagues, and serving as a member-at-large on the board of the Oregon Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (ORID). She has completed all requirements to be a Certified Healthcare Interpreter by the Oregon Health Authority and is joyfully awaiting the processing of her application.

Description: Interpreting is much more complex than simply matching words across two languages. This is especial-ly obvious when there is no direct equivalent term in English and our other languages. What do we do then?! Well, we take a deep breath and use our interpreter-brains to use many different strategies to work with those non-equivalencies! The class uses well-established interpreting models to illustrate the mental processes in play so the interpreter can address equivalencies and other aspects of interpreting in increasingly effective ways.




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.


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:


Please follow the link to their website for information about all the requirements.

Oregon Health Authority (OHA):

HCI's who are currently Certified or Qualified by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are required by law to renew their HCI letters and state HCI registry enrollment after 4 years, by completing the following in the order of importance:

NOTE:  Renewal requirements and application must be submitted 60 days before the expiration date.

  • Qualified HCIs who interpret in the following languages (Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish) must take and pass their national certification exams from CCHI or the National Board.

  • Complete 24 hours of continuing education from accredited organizations.

Please note that Qualified HCIs who have a certification test available will not be able to renew their Qualification letters and state HCI registry enrollment without completing both their certification exams and CEUs. To renew current Certification or to renew Qualification for languages that have no Certification available, HCI's are required to take 24 hours of approved Continuing Education Units (CEU's).  They must include:

  • Six hours of health care interpreter ethics

  • Six hours of 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)

Washington department of social & Health Services RENEWAL:

Please follow the link to their website for information about all the requirements.

Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS):

NOTE:  Renewal requirements must be met before the expiration date.

To maintain Certification, HCI's must complete the following CEU's: 

  • 16 general credits

  • 4 ethics training