2018 Issue 1

February 2018

In This Issue...

  1. Online Proctoring is Back!
  2. Open Call for National Board Directors
  3. New CEU Guidelines

Upcoming Events

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Did You Know?

The results of our 2017 Job Analysis Study of the Certified Medical Interpreter are in! This is the National Board's 2nd nationwide survey, conducted as part of our ongoing commitment to maintain and improve our credentialing program, and ensure it reflects the current state and needs of the profession. The National Board will be working in updating the content of the written and oral exams, based on the conclusions of this important study. We want to thank the over 2,000 medical interpreters who participated. View the published results on our website...

New Testing Centers!

The National Board is delighted to announce that we have recently opened five new testing centers!

  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Lombard, Illinois
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Murray, Utah
  • Wenatchee, Washington

Visit the Oral Exam - Test at a Site page for the full list of all our oral exam testing centers...


Are you interested in certification? Attend a National Board webinar to get all the information and ask questions. Visit our Webinars page for more information...

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CMI-Spanish credential accreditation standards have been streamlined with all other CMI languages 


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A Message from the National Board

On behalf of the directors and staff of the National Board, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and welcome you to the first issue of the National Board Newsletter.

The National Board continues its commitment to delivering the highest standard of service, with a strong focus on quality.  We are constantly evolving, growing and adjusting our strategies to provide the best alternative in Certification for Medical Interpreters. 

Your input and contributions, together with the dedication, determination and hard work of our Board of Directors and staff, are what makes it possible for us to continue this great mission.

We are excited about our journey over the coming months and years. We invite you to get involved, share your ideas, and welcome your participation in one of our various committees.  Contact us at volunteer@certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org to learn more about volunteering opportunities  You too can make a difference!


    Jazmin Manjarrez, CMI-Spanish, Vice Chair

The National Board is proud to share 2017 significant accomplishments and news.

New Website!  At the beginning of 2017, we launched a new website with enhanced user capabilities, allowing candidates to access personal profiles, submit prerequisites and recertification documents, and manage their personal information. For your convenience, receipts can be downloaded for reimbursement or tax purposes. Please take a moment to explore the new features and update your NBCMI profile.

NBCMI Community is Growing!  We currently have 2111 active CMIs and continue to add names to our registry weekly. Our preliminary statistics show 286 candidates were granted certification in 2017, and many of our CMIs have mentioned increased employment opportunities and higher job confidence, after earning the CMI credential. Approximately 200 CMIs renewed their commitment to the CMI credential through recertification, and 1174 new candidates registered.

Industry Partnerships!  We continue to help hospital and interpreter facilities achieve their goal of 100 percent staff certification through program advising and by making the NBCMI exams available nationally and internationally. Our partnerships extend as far as Korea! We offer group discounts and enjoy customizing program logistics to help organizations make certification accessible to all their interpreters. Reach out to us if you would like information on a custom certification program for your institution.

Contributor: Casita Wild, NBCMI Operations Manager

Online Proctoring is Back!

Online ProctorWe are pleased to announce that the National Board will once again offer online proctoring, starting in 2018. Online proctoring makes certification more accessible to the medical interpreter community by allowing candidates the opportunity to test from home, or the location of their choice*. Check our website for an announcement soon about when online exams will be available again.

*In order to take your exam with an online proctor, your computer system must be compatible with BOTH the computerized exam system that delivers your exam AND the online proctor application. The computer that you’ll be using needs to meet BOTH sets of system requirements.

In order for your computer to work for the NBCMI computerized exam, it MUST meet the following requirements:

  • PC computer (the NBCMI exams DO NOT run on a Mac platform)
  • Reliable internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Headset with a microphone
  • Windows 7 or newer
  • Firefox / Chrome

Open Call for National Board Directors

The Nominations Committee of the National Board is pleased to announce that the nominations for Board Directors have opened. The National Board is looking for stakeholders interested in being part of its leadership as we expand access and availability of oral and written exams. We have 5 positions open, and to qualify to serve in the board you must be a CMI, a medical provider, or an industry representative.

The nomination period is open from December 13, 2017 to February 15, 2018 (5:00 PM EST). The results will be announced in March. See official press release for more details and how to submit a nomination...

New CEU Guidelines

If you have seen our website and social media posts recently, you are aware of changes to the IMIA/NBCMI Continuing Education Units (CEUs) program that took effect on January 1, 2018. We support these new guidelines and want to share how these changes will affect and improve your continuing education experience.

To read the IMIA press release, click HERE

We also have some FAQs on our website to better inform and guide you through these important changes. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions...

Click to Download the Continuing Education Conference Attendance Sheet

IMIA Announces New Criteria for Granting IMIA/NBCMI CEUs to Interpreter Trainers/Instructors

Great news for CMIs who are trainers or instructors! In recognition of the pivotal role that interpreter trainers/instructors are playing in the medical interpreting field, and in recognition of the feedback and requests made by interpreter trainers/instructors, the IMIA Education Committee has announced new criteria that will enable interpreter trainers/instructors to earn IMIA/NBCMI CEUs based on their standing in the field & expertise and on their proven training/instructing records.

Visit the IMIA press release for the full article...

Want to contribute to the next issue of our newsletter? Send us your articles, topic ideas or comments at jazmin@certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org

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Results of the 2017 Job Analysis Study of the Certified Medical Interpreter are now available!

The job analysis described in this report was conducted in 2017 at the request of the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). The purpose of the study was to describe the job activities of a certified medical interpreter in sufficient detail to provide a basis for updating professional, job-related oral and written certification examinations. The NBCMI Job Analysis Advisory Committee (JAAC) conducted the activities necessary to identify job responsibilities and to develop specifications for a Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) certification examination. The JAAC represented varied regions and practice settings. All JAAC members were experts in the duties and activities associated with the profession. The study involved developing job task and knowledge lists and survey, distributing the survey, and analyzing the survey responses. Specifications for a Certified Medical Interpreter certification examination were developed based on survey responses. 

Click HERE to see the full report.


Share your Story!

The Board of Directors want to highlight your successes and what having the CMI credential means to you.  We invite you to share you experiences by emailing our event coordinator, Jazmin (Board Director) at jazmin@certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org










The Nominations Committee of the National Board is pleased to announce that the nominations for Board Directors have opened.
The National Board is looking for stakeholders interested in being part of its leadership as we expand access and availability of oral and written exams.

The nomination period will be open from December 13th, 2017 to February 15th, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST. The results will be announced in March.

Experience in a Board of Directors is preferred but not required. Candidates should have earned their CMI credential at the time of applicaton.
The Board of Directors meets monthly via conference call. The level of commitment is a minimum of 5 hours per month.
Board members:

  •  Attend board meetings and other meetings regularly called by the Executive Committee of the National Board.
  • Make serious commitment to participate actively in board and committee work.
  • Volunteer for and willingly accept assignments and completes them on time.
  • Stay informed about committee matters, prepares well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports.
  • Get to know other members and registrants of the National Board and build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
  • Are active participants in the board's annual evaluation and planning efforts.
  • Participate in fundraising efforts for the organization.
  • Make efforts to attend the annual in-person meeting. (2018 meeting will happen during the CHIA conference in Irvine, CA on March 2-3)
  • Abide by the bylaws of the International Medical interpreters Association and by the Policies and Procedures of the National Board.

If you are interested in nominating yourself for this position, please submit:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Reference letter.
  • 150-word essay, which states agreement and commitment to the job description above and why board members should vote for you.
  • Your picture in .gif or .jpeg format.

Please submit it to nbcmichair@certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org no later than February 15th, 2018 by 5:00 PM, EST.

Note: Late nominations or those which do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.

About the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters
The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters is an autonomous certifying body formed from an independent group of industry professionals who represent all key stakeholder groups, including professional medical interpreters, trainers, employers, providers, and regulators. The National Board developed the first comprehensive national medical interpreting certification program. The National Board is a special division of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) and has independent authority over all essential certification decisions. The purpose of certification is to ensure limited English proficiency patient safety by rigorous evaluation and assurance of the competency of medical interpreters through written and oral exams. Those who pass the written and oral exams are bestowed the CMI credential, which stands for Certified Medical Interpreter. For more information, visit: