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The Board Directors and staff of the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (National Board), welcome all of you who are interested in becoming a Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI).  Medical interpreters do very important work and it is an honor to serve you as your certif...

Deadline extended

Due to recent and imminent requirements in the state of Oregon, California and in other states for certified medical interpreters, the National Board will extend the deadline for a letter proving one year or more of experience as a medical...

The National Board oral performance exam for Vietnamese is ready to schedule. The oral certification exam is now available in six languages: Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese.  If you have passed the written exam,...


The mission of the National Board is to foster improved healthcare outcomes, patient safety and patient/provider communication, by elevating the standards for and quality of medical interpreting through a nationally recognized and validated certification for medical interpreters.

The CMI certification program is governed by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (National Board), an independent division of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA).
The purposes of the National Board are to:
·         Develop, organize, oversee and promote a national medical interpreter certification program in all languages.
·         Promote patients and providers working with credentialed medical interpreters who have met minimal national standards to provide accurate and safe interpretation.
·         Ensure credibility of national certification by striving to comply with national accreditation standards including transparency, inclusion, and access.
The Board of Directors of the National Board consists of 12 voting members that include medical interpreters, a health care provider, industry representatives, and a public member. Initial Board members were selected by a public process and independent selection committee. Subsequently, Board Directors are recruited through a Nominating Committee process and are elected by the members of the National Board.
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