This page contains invaluable information on Oregon State health care interpreter certification and qualification, as well as many other helpful links.  

We also recommend you visit our dedicated page on getting certified or qualified.

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OHCIA certification/Qualification References

These reference sheets detail the pricing and process for certification and qualification from start to finish.  

Certification Reference Sheet

Qualification Reference Sheet

An important part of certification only is taking a national written and oral exam.  Two organizations offer the exams: the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board of Certification of Medical Interpreters (NBCMI).  The reference sheets below explain the process and costs of both organizations:

CCHI National Exam Reference Sheet

NBCMI National Exam Reference Sheet

Comparison of National Exams Reference Sheet


NBCMI Language Proficiency Waiver Deadlines

The NBCMI currently offers for its health care interpreter written and oral exams a grandfathering rule for Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, and Vietnamese.  This means that those who have worked as an interpreter for one of those five languages for at least one year in the last two years do not need to submit proof of oral proficiency in English and their target language when applying for the NBCMI exams.  Instead, those individuals can instead submit a signed letter of employment on company letterhead in place of proof of language proficiency.

However, this grandfathering comes has a specific expiration date for each language, following which proper proof of language proficiency is required.   Interpreters of these languages that meet the grandfathering requirements should take the NBCMI exams as soon as possible.

Here are the expiration dates per language:

Russian - March 1st, 2016

Mandarin - May 1st, 2016

Cantonese - June 1st, 2016

Korean - September 1st, 2016

Vietnamese - February 1st, 2017


Useful Oregon Health Authority Links

Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) 

OEI Requirements for Certification and Qualification

Information from OEI on Health Care Interpreters


related Councils/Organizations

National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC)

Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters

International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA)

California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA)

Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)

National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI)

Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters (OSTI)


Health Care Interpreter Ethics and Standards

National Council on Interpreting in Health Care Ethics

National Council on Interpreting in Health Care Standards

International Medical Interpreters Association Standards

California Healthcare Interpreting Association Standards