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Industry Update: A National Certification Program for Healthcare Interpreters

The Certification for Healthcare Interpreter (CCHI) received an accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The CCHI is a professional certification organization acting in the public interest by establishing and enforcing education, examination, experience and ethics requirements for certification. The NCCA recognized and accredited the CCHI’s Spanish Healthcare Interpreter Certification for a five-year period.

“NCCA Accreditation awarded to CCHI is an outstanding achievement, plus strong and clear recognition of CCHI’s leadership and a strong sense of equity in health care for all we are privileged to serve,” said Fred Hobby, CEO, Institute for Diversity in Health Management, and CCHI Commissioner from 2009 to 2011. He continued, “…CCHI is now the gold standard by which all other interpreter services programs will be measured.”

CCHI is the first organization certifying healthcare interpreters to receive NCCA accreditation.  The NCCA accredits certifying programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification.  A valid and credible certification is an important milestone in the continued development of the language services industry.  We are excited to observe how these new standards will enhance the initiative to help bridge the language gap between individuals.

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