Continuing Education

CHIA supports the professional goals of interpreters, and embraces the opportunity to offer Continuing Education Units that are valid for both national certifications at our regional trainings and our Annual Educational Conference, and we started offering CEU at our 2013 Annual Educational Conference in San Diego.

CHIA encourages employers to support the Continuing Education of their employees, and contractors providing interpreting services in health care settings, through CHIA's membership, and attendance to our regional trainings and annual conference.

Continuing Education Units for Healthcare/Medical Interpreters

Generally, one CEU is equal to 10 hours of training. 

  • ATA, the American Translators Association issues Continuing Education Points or CEP. One point equals one hour of creditworthy activity (training). 
  • CCHI, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters issues Continuing Education Instructional Hours or CE hours.
  • IMIA, the International Medical Interpreters Association utilizes a credit system whereby 0.1 continuing education units is equivalent 1 hour of instruction. One IMIA CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of instruction.

Information for Certified Healthcare Interpreters - CHIs:

CCHI guarantees acceptance of appropriately furnished proof of CE only for CEAP-accredited CE courses because such courses have undergone a thorough review process and meet CCHI's renewal criteria. However, CCHI does not require that certificants complete only CEAP-accredited CE courses.

Please visit CCHI's website for detail information related to CEUs. The link to their CEU's page is:

Information for Certified Medical Interpreters - CMIs:

The National Board automatically accepts CEUs granted by the IMIA (IMIA/NBCMI CEUs).

Please visit the National Board website for detail information related to CEUs. The link to their CEUs page is:

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