National Credential
Credential: Certified Healthcare Interpreter-Spanish (CHI)  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI), Certified Healthcare Interpreter-Spanish (CHI) certification is for healthcare interpreters in entry-level positions who have Spanish interpreting skills and abilities in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, sight translation, and translation. CHI candidates should be able to perform the functions of a healthcare interpreter in a culturally competent manner and in accordance with established ethical standards in any setting and in any modality where healthcare is provided. To earn the CHI certification, candidates must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have completed at least 40 hours of healthcare interpreter training, and have linguistic proficiency in both English and Spanish. CHI candidates are required to first take the CCHI Core Certification Healthcare Interpreter (CoreCHI) written exam. Within one year of passing the CoreCHI written exam, CHI candidates must pass an oral performance exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 4 years

Certified Healthcare Interpreter-Spanish (CHI)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 09L Interpreter/Translator MOS other          
Enlisted 35M Human Intelligence Collector MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35P Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Voice Interceptor MOS other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Certified Healthcare Interpreter-Spanish (CHI)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training: 40 hours of healthcare interpreter training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 4 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)
1725 I Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC  20006
Phone: None
Email: info@cchicertification.org

Certified Healthcare Interpreter-Spanish (CHI)

Candidates must have, at minimum, a U.S. high school diploma (or GED) or its equivalent from another country.

Candidates must have completed at least 40 hours of healthcare interpreter training (academic or non-academic program). Additional information about the training requirement can be found on the CCHI website.

The Certified Healthcare Interpreter-Spanish (CHI) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old.

Certified Healthcare Interpreter-Spanish (CHI)

  • Professional Responsibility and Interpreter Ethics (22%)
  • Manage the Interpreting Encounter (22%)
  • Healthcare Terminology (22%)
  • U.S. Healthcare System (15%)
  • Cultural Responsiveness (19%)
  • Interpret Consecutively (75%)
  • Interpret Simultaneously (14%)
  • Sight Translation (9%)
  • Written Translation (2%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Healthcare Interpreter-Spanish (CHI) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Healthcare Interpreter-Spanish (CHI)

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Certified Healthcare Interpreter-Spanish (CHI) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CHI certification is valid for four years. To renew the CHI certification, certification holders must submit two online renewal applications (one for each two-year cycle), pay applicable renewal application fees, provide documentation of 32 continuing education (CE) hours in healthcare interpreting, and provide documentation of 40 hours of healthcare interpreting work experience.
  • The 32 CE hours must be evenly distributed in two two-year cycles (16 hours for each two-year cycle) with a minimum of two CE hours in performance-based training every two-year cycle. The 40 hours of work experience must also be divided in two two-year cycles (20 hours for each two-year cycle).

    Additional information can be found in the CCHI Candidate's Examination Handbook.

Certified Healthcare Interpreter-Spanish (CHI)

Additional considerations for the Certified Healthcare Interpreter-Spanish (CHI) include:

  • CHI candidates will not receive a CoreCHI certificate after passing the CoreCHI written exam. CHI candidates must pass both the CoreCHI written exam and the CHI oral performance exam before being awarded the CHI certification and receiving a CHI certificate.