The National Board requires recertification every 5 years to promote professional development for Certified Medical Interpreters. The recertification requirements have been developed to promote maintenance of the skills and knowledge required for competent medical interpretation and to provide an opportunity for interpreters to strengthen and expand their knowledge and skills. To achieve this purpose continuing education units are only accepted for training directly related to medical interpretation.
In order to maintain your credentialing you must:
To maintain certification all CMIs must recertify every 5 years by participating in education directly related to medical interpretation.
CMIs must recertify by completing 3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units), equivalent to 30 contact hours of approved training before the credential’s expiration date (5 years from initial CMI date of certification).
Each CEU is equal to 10 contact hours of training by most organizations. For example, a typical conference day is 0.6 CEUs.
Individuals who fulfill this requirement will not need to retake the medical certification exams to maintain their CMI credential (see Failure to Recertify section below).
Certificants are strongly encouraged to earn CEU’s throughout the 5 year period.
Why it is important to be recertified?
- Protect patient’s safety
- Honor patient’s right to obtain services of a competent interpreter
- Prevent interpreters once certified to lag on field experience
Acceptable Continuing Education
The National Board accepts continuing education units (CEU) from the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA), the American Translators Association (ATA) and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). ATA and RID CEUs must be for workshops, conferences, and events that are related to medical interpreting knowledge and skills enhancement.
Failure to Recertify
Credentialed interpreters who do not comply with the recertification requirements before the established deadline every fifth year will lose their credential(s) and will be removed from the registry of CMIs. To regain certification lapsed individuals must re-apply for certification, meet the prerequisite requirements in effect at the time and pass the examination requirements.
For detailed information, please refer to the CMI Candidate Handbook:
For questions, please contact info [at] certifiedmedicalinterpreters [dot] org