CMI Prerequisites for Other Languages

At this time, the National Board only offers certification in Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese. There are no oral exams available in other languages. While there is no credential granted for passing the written exam, you will receive an official letter on National Board letterhead, stating that you have passed the written exam, that there is no oral exam available at this time, and that should an oral exam become available at some time in the future, you are approved to take it.

Prerequisites for the written exam:

1) Minimum Age: All candidates must submit proof of being at least 18 years old (the age of majority as defined by the federal government). A driver’s license or a birth certificate or passport copy are acceptable proofs of age.

2) General Education: All candidates must submit proof of having at least a high school education level. A high school diploma, a GED, or any degree from an institution of higher education are acceptable proofs of general education.

3) Medical Interpreter Education: All candidates must submit proof of training specific to medical interpreting. You must submit either:

  • a Certificate of Completion from an approved medical interpreter training course of at least 40 hours
  • a transcript from a college or university where you took at least 3 credit hours of medical interpreting coursework.

A registry of approved training programs is posted on the IMIA web site at: http://www.imiaweb.org/education/trainingnotices.asp. The National Board cannot recommend one course over another and is not responsible for the content of any course listed. Neither NBCMI nor IMIA is involved in the development of these training courses. No NBCMI staff is involved in the approval of training courses.

Note: The interpreter training required for admission to the CMI program is training in medical interpreting. That requirement cannot be waived for anyone, regardless of how much other training and experience they have. Even doctors have the same prerequisite requirements as all other candidates.

4) Oral proficiency in English:
One of the following:

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, or any other degree from an institution of higher education in the U.S. or other English language country.
  • High school diploma from a high school in the U.S. or other English language country or from an American School abroad.
  • One of the following tests (subject to change):
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570+ on paper; 230+ on computer version; 90+ on iBT.
    • 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:
One of the following:

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, or any other degree from an institution of higher education where the target language is spoken.
  • High school diploma from a high school in a country where the target language is spoken
  • 24+ semester college credit hours of the target language
  • ACTFL Oral Exams (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages): Advanced Mid Level (follow this link www.languagetesting.com) - both the OPI (telephonic) and OPIc (computer recording) are acceptable.
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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 to continue the program.