National Credential
Credential: Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI)
Credentialing Agency: National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI)

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI), Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) certification is for entry-level medical interpreters and available in the following six languages: Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese. To obtain the CMI certification, candidates must be at least 18 years old, have at least a high school education or equivalent, have training specific to medical interpreting, and be proficient (oral) in both English and the target language. Candidates must also pass both a written and oral exam.

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI)

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 35M Human Intelligence Collector MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 68W Combat Medic Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted W1 Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCOM) ASI 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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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI)

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: medical interpreting
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 5 years

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

National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI)
203 Washington St
Suite 171
Salem, MA  01970-3607
Phone: (765) 633-2378
Fax: (866) 681-2568
Email: info@certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org

Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI)

Candidates must have at least a high school education or equivalent.

Option 1: Candidates must have completed an approved medical interpreter training course of at least 40 hours.

Option 2: Candidates must have completed at least three credit hours of medical interpreting coursework at a college or university.

The Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old.
  • Candidates must upload a recent professional photo of themselves to their NBCMI profile.
  • Candidates must submit proof of oral proficiency in English. Acceptable proof of proficiency can be found in the NBCMI CMI Candidate Handbook.
  • Candidates must submit proof of oral proficiency in the target language. Acceptable proof of proficiency can be found in the NBCMI CMI Candidate Handbook.

Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI)

Candidates must already have passed the written exam in order to be eligible to take the oral exam. The CMI certification is awarded in the specific languages for which the oral exam is passed (for example: CMI-Spanish, CMI-Korean).

  • Roles of the Medical Interpreter (8%)
    • Role of Conduit
    • Role of Clarifier
    • Role of Culture Broker
    • Role of Patient Advocate
  • Medical Interpreter Ethics (15%)
    • Confidentiality
    • Accuracy and Completeness
    • Impartiality
    • Conflict of Interest
    • Scope of Practice
    • Disqualification/Impediments to Performance
    • Professional Courtesy
    • Professional Development
  • Cultural Competence (8%)
    • Cultural practices related to healthcare
    • Familial and relational structures
  • Medical Terminology in Working Languages (38%)
    • Medical Tests and Diagnostic Procedures
    • Medical Apparatus
    • Pharmacology
    • Pathologies
    • Symptomatology
    • Anatomy
    • Musculoskeletal System
    • Endocrine System
    • Cardiovascular System
    • Respiratory System
    • Urinary System
    • Nervous System
    • Digestive System
    • Reproductive Systems
    • Integumentary System
    • Treatments
    • Acronyms and Abbreviations
  • Medical Specialties in Working Languages (23%)
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology/Genetic Counseling
    • Organ Transplant
    • Pharmacy
    • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
    • Pediatrics
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Oncology
    • Surgery
    • Orthopedics
    • Radiology
    • Nutrition Counseling
    • Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy
    • Urology and Nephrology
    • Endocrinology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Cardiology
    • Neurology
    • Hematology
    • Dermatology
    • Psychiatry
    • Respiratory Illness
  • Interpreter Standards of Practice (5%)
    • IMIA (International Medical Interpreters Association) Standards
    • NCIHC (National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare) Standards
    • CHIA (California Healthcare Interpreters Association) Standards
  • Legislation and Regulations (3%)
    • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
    • CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services) Standards
  • Mastery of Linguistic Knowledge of English (15%)
  • Mastery of Linguistic Knowledge of the other language (15%)
  • Interpreting Knowledge and Skills (25%)
  • Cultural Competence (10%)
  • Medical Terminology in Working Languages (25%)
  • Medical Specialties in Working Languages (10%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) 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 Medical Interpreter (CMI)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CMI certification is renewed every five years by completing three continuing education units (CEUs) (equivalent to 30 hours of approved training) and paying a recertification fee.

    Additional information can be found on the NBCMI website.

Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI)

Additional considerations for the Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) include:

  • Candidates are encouraged to be familiar with the recognized Interpreter Standards of Practice, Codes of Ethics, and the CLAS Standards. See the NBCMI CMI Candidate Handbook for more information.