CERTIFICATION EXAMS PREREQUISITES
Until December 31, 2013, candidates for certification who can provide proof that they have been working as a medical interpreter for one year or more are eligible to take the CMI written exam and the oral exam for Spanish. Candidates for the oral exams in Russian, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin and Vietnamese will have this same opportunity and the deadline will be in 2016.
Candidates must ensure that their supervisor (HR or direct) signs and dates a letter on company or health care institution letterhead. The letter should include the language interpreted and the dates of employment as a medical interpreter. The one year or more of experience as a medical interpreter must reflect recent experience (within the last two years.) Multiple letters of employment are accepted, and the employment can be as an independent contractor, volunteer status, or regular part-time or full-time employee. The letter is the only document you need to submit along with registering and filling out the online application.
The minimum age required of an individual to apply for certification will be equivalent to the age of majority as defined by the federal government, which is 18 years of age. A driver’s license or a birth certificate or passport copy are acceptable proofs of age.
2) General Education
Minimum education: High School Diploma. A High School or GED diploma are acceptable proofs of general education.
3) Medical Interpreter Education
Successful completion of a registered medical interpreter educational program (Only graduation from programs of a minimum 40 hours duration will be accepted). A registry of training programs is posted on the IMIA web site at: http://www.imiaweb.org/education/trainingnotices.asp
Certificate of Completion and documentation of the number of hours of such a program is the only acceptable proof of medical interpreter education.
4) Oral proficiency in English
One of the following:
- Bachelor, Masters, PhD, or any other degree from any US institution of higher education.
- Graduation from any High School from an English language country or from an American School abroad.
- One of the following tests (subject to change)
ELPT (English Language Proficiency Test): 950+
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 80+
ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English): PASS
FCE (First Certificate in English, Level 3): A
CAE (Certificate in Advanced English, Level 4): B
CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English, Level 5): B
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 7.0+
5) Oral proficiency in the target language(s) -- referred here as “L2”
One of the following:
- Bachelor, Masters, PhD, or any other degree from an institution of higher education where L2 is spoken
- Graduation from a high school of the country where L2 is spoken
- 24 semester credit hours of L2 or Major in L2 of at least 24 hours
- ACTFL Oral Exams (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages): 3.5 + /Advanced Mid Level (see www.actfl.org)
If an applicant is informed of the denial of proof of prerequisites, during the registration process or ability to sit for the exam during the registration process, they may appeal this decision.
The appeal should include:
- An appeal letter from applicant clearly stating why you believe the decision was wrong. Specific information based on facts to show that the exam should be administered should be included.
- A letter from the candidate's supervisor addressing specifics regarding the candidate's experience and why they believe they should sit for the exam (if applicable).
- Any other pertinent information from the candidate's employer/professor.
For questions, please contact info [at] certifiedmedicalinterpreters [dot] org