OHCIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

 

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.

 

SUMMER 2019 CEU SCHEDULE

ALL CEU’S ARE ON SITE AT OHSU’S SCHOOL OF NURSING IN PORTLAND, OREGON

**NO REFUNDS, IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL FOR WHATEVER REASON, WE WILL APPLY A CREDIT FOR FUTURE USE**

HCI Note-taking Skills

Date: Saturday, August 10, 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: 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 to 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.

CLASS TUITION - $39

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Hours of Credit: OHA – 3.0 hours (Ethics), CCHI – 3.0 hours, NBCMI – 0.3 hours

Instructor: Mary Ratcliff, M.P.Adm, Protect Our Children, Contracted Project Coordinator.

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.

CLASS TUITION - $39

 

Understanding the Oregon Health Plan

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Hours of Credit: OHA – 3.0 hours (Other), CCHI – 3.0 hours

Instructor(s): The class will be taught by members of the Oregon Department of Human Services Community Partner Outreach team.

Description: Join the DHS Community Partner Outreach team for an informational session that will equip you with knowledge about the Oregon Health Plan necessary to support individuals receiving care through the Oregon Health Plan coverage. We will cover three key subject areas:

1. Oregon’s Healthcare Landscape and the OHP-Certified Community Partner Program

2. Health coverage Programs in Oregon

3. Specific Populations, Renewals, and Resources

CLASS TUITION - $39

Maintaining Personal Safety While Interpreting

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Hours of Credit: 3.0 hours (Ethics or Other), 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: Interpreters can place themselves at personal risk when called to interpret in certain settings, times of day, en route to appointments, or in volatile situations. This class is designed to provide information to maintain personal safety while interpreting. Learn how to avoid potential hazards such as radiation, contagion, infection, to take proper precautions to handle threatening situations and safeguard belongings. The safety of the interpreter can depend on instinct, judgment, and knowledge to avoid potential risks.

CLASS TUITION - $39


TRAINING LOCATION

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

 

COURSE COMPLETION

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

ABOUT OHCIA’s CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT:

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:

OHA RENEWAL:

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