How to Become a Certified Medical Interpreter

Certification is a means for patients, interpreters, healthcare providers and language services agencies to identify the most competent interpreters. Currently there are two organizations that provide national certification for medical/healthcare interpreters. While similar in many ways, there are key differences between these two credentials. Some healthcare interpreters choose to become certified by both.

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI)

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI)

This infographic shows you a comparison of the two programs side-by-side:

How to Become a Certified Court Interpreter

If you are interested in becoming a spoken language or ASL court interpreter, please complete the requirements set forth in the Kentucky Spoken Language Certification Policy, or the Kentucky Interpreting Requirement Policy for Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Interpreters respectively. You will also need to read and understand the Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters.

Kentucky Court Of Justice Administrative Office of the Courts (KCOJ AOC)

How to Become a Sign Language Interpreter

You have decided on an exciting career path that takes time and dedication. It takes several years to get started as an interpreter. Some people need an average of 2,200 to 3,200 hours to learn to fluently speak a new language. Universities that offer four-year interpreter training programs may require a lot of your time to learn American Sign Language, but they do not typically exceed the amount of time required for any other language. There are several resources to help begin the journey toward becoming a qualified, professional interpreter.

Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH)

How to Find a Certified Interpreter or Translator

Below are various resources that you may use to find a certified interpreter or translator near you.

Certified Healthcare Interpreters (CHI)

Certified Medical Interpreters (CMI)

Certified Court Interpreters (CCI)

Federally Certified Court Interpreters (FCCI)

Certified Translators (ATA)