Program Overview

Welcome to the National Board's medical interpreter credential program!  

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters offer the most prestigious credential available in the field of medical interpreting. We have a comprehensive certification program for interpreters wishing to earn a CMI (Certified Medical Interpreter Credential) in six languages including: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Upon registration, you will be assigned a program advisor to help you navigate your way through the NBCMI Program.  We offer a step-by-step approach that will make the process efficient and seamless:

  • Step 1. Register for the CMI program: $35
  • Step 2. Take the written exam: $175
  • Step 3. Take the oral exam: $275

Please review the tab for each step (above, under Get Certified) for comprehensive details on how to get started and obtain your CMI credential!

Maintaining Your Certification: Recertification is due every 5 years. To maintain the CMI certification for another five years, the CMI must submit the recertification fee ($300) and 3 CEUs (30 hours of approved continuing education).

Fees Expiration and Refunds Policies: The program registration fee is non-refundable and is an annual fee, Your initial registration payment is good for one year of the program; after one year, if you have not yet completed the program and you want to take additional tests, you must pay a $35 re-registration fee for another year of the program. The exam fees are non-refundable and an exam fee will expire after one year if the exam has not been taken. The re-certification fee is non-refundable.