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Celebrating Ten Years of Certification!!!

Ten Great Reasons to Choose the National Board.

  1. Valid National Credential – Our certification exams are validated by a third-party organization (PSI), delivering psychometric quality, statistical analysis and professionally sound test form assembly. The CMI certification continues to be a very VALID and highly recognized credential for its standards and excellence.
  2. Rigorous/High Standards –The NBCMI verifies that each candidate meets ALL the prerequisites prior to testing. Delivers high quality and rigorous written and oral exams:
    • Written exam focuses 61% on medical knowledge, 15% on code of ethics, and the remaining 24% focuses on roles of the interpreter, cultural awareness and legislation and regulations.
    • Oral exam focuses 35% on medical terminology within the context in two languages, 30% on mastery of linguistic knowledge in English and target language, 25% on consecutive interpreting and sight translation from English to the target language and 10% on cultural awareness.
  3. Testing:
    • Exams can be scheduled YEAR ROUND at a mutually agreed upon time at one of our many testing centers.
    • We offer the convenience of testing from home through its Proctor U online proctoring, using a cutting-edge methodology for certification programs.
  4. FULL Certification in More Languages – The National Board offers FULL certification in six (6) languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Vietnamese and Korean. What this means is that all of our six languages are fully tested in written and oral, not only in English, but also in the interpreter’s target language. This meets the definition of a qualified interpreter by the Joint Commission, as well as by the Affordable Care Act Section 1557.
  5. Five-Year Recertification – Our certification is valid for five years making it more cost effective.
  6. Credential Maintenance – Requires 30 hours of continuing education units, which can be done within the five-year span. Continuing education MUST focus on medical interpreting and medical knowledge courses, maintaining the high standards for the credential.
  7. Online Registry - The NBCMI registry is public. Prospective employers can search our registry and contact our interpreters directly by email. What a great way to boost your visibility and improve job opportunities. It also allows prospective employers to verify credentials.
  8. International Recognition - The CMI credential is internationally recognized.
  9. Pioneers in the Industry – The National Board was founded in 2009 and was the FIRST to offer certification for medical interpreters nationwide, setting the testing standards.
  10. IMIA – The National Board is proud to be an independent division of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA). The IMIA was founded in 1986 and in 1987 published the first Code of Ethics for medical interpreters.


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Medical interpreters are a key component of the care team when assisting persons with limited English proficiency.  Since 2009, the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (National Board) has helped thousands of interpreters further their careers through its excellent credentialing program, by which professional medical interpreters demonstrate they have met nationally set standards to ensure patient safety and compliance with federal guidelines and requirements.  Once a candidate passes the certification exams from the National Board, they are bestowed the CMI Credential (Certified Medical Interpreter). 

The careful vetting process and high standards held by the National Board are just some of the reasons employers and care providers prefer working with CMIs--knowing they will be compliant with regulatory guidelines, provide complete and accurate interpretation, and promote patient safety.

The first step is to register and be assigned a Program Adviser. Your Program Adviser is dedicated to helping you succeed and achieve certification. We invite you to take the first step toward the many benefits of being certified -- register for the CMI program today!

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As demand for certification grows and becomes an industry standard, the National Board's CMI credential will open career and professional development opportunities that no other credential can. As a member of the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE), the National Board’s CMI certification programs in Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese offer our members the most recognized and accepted credentials in the interpreting industry.

As a proud member of ICE, we stay informed on best practices in developing and administering quality certification [certificate] programs so that we may better serve you.

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters is proud to be a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence in show of our support of the credentialing community and our commitment to strive for excellence in our certification CMI programs.