CMI Credential

The purpose of the CMI certification program is to ensure that the standards met are those necessary for safe and ethical practice of the medical interpreter profession. 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 CMI is an oral exam-based credential that is offered in six languages (Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese). Unlike the Hub-CMI, the CMI has a language designation that is assessed during an oral exam. Prior to taking the oral exam all candidates must first successfully pass the written exam to earn the Hub-CMI credential. The Hub-CMI is a preliminary credential that is granted while earning the CMI language-based credential.

FAQ's:

Q: What is the CMI? How is it different from the Hub-CMI?
A:
CMI Certification HUB-CMI Credential
Process
  • Registration (fulfill prerequisite requirements).
  • Written Exam (English)
  • Oral Exam (Currently offered in 6 languages)
Process
  • Registration (fulfill prerequisite requirements).
  • Written Exam (English)
Who

Interpreters with language combination among the 6 languages offered in the oral exam can become CMI (Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Who

Any interpreter of any language combination can take the written exam in English language and obtain the Hub-CMI credential.
Renewal
  • CMI recertification is required every 5 years by fulfilling the CEU requirements.
Renewal
  • Hub-CMI renewal is required every 4 years by fulfilling the CEU requirements.
  • If there is a CMI credential available in your target language your Hub-CMI will expire in 2 years with no option for renewal.
  • You are required to successfully pass the oral exam and achieve the CMI credential.
Q: Do you have a video that I can watch in my own time?
A: Yes we do offer a recorded webinar which gives an overview of the program:
https://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/webinar
Q: Where should I start?
A: Please review the "overview" page for information on how to apply for the program:
https://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/overview
Q: What happens after I register?
A: Your application is assigned to a program advisor who will review your prerequisites and contact you within 10 business days. If you meet the program requirements you will be admitted into the program. Your advisor will let you know if more documents are needed.
Q: I am having trouble uploading my documents, what else can I do?
A: Please log in to your account on our website and click under "my profile", scroll down and you will see your information, click "upload" and update the information and save the changes.
Q: How long does it take to process my pre-requisites?
A: After you register you will be contacted via email within 10 days with information on next steps.
Q: I have not received any notification with instructions after submitting my documents, who should I contact?
A: Please contact: [email protected]
Q: How can I get a badge?
A: You can order your badge on the NBCMI website under "Order your Badge."
https://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/order-your-badge
Q: How can I prepare for my exam?
A: Be sure to take full advantage of the exam preparation materials on the NBCMI website:
http://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/getting-prepared
The Candidate Handbook has detailed information about what is tested in the exams. Pay particular attention to pages 8 – 12, where you can find study tips and content outlines for both exams.
Q: How soon can I schedule my written exam?
A: Once you get the approval from your NB advisor, you will be able to schedule your exam in the next 3 business days if you test from home, or 5-7 business days if you are taking the exam at a testing center.
Q: Do you have a practice test for the written exam?
A: No, at this time, we do not have a practice test for the written exam.
Q: Do you have a practice test for the oral exam?
A: Yes, please go to our website to learn more:
https://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/testing-from-home
The practice test is only to help candidates with test navigation. It won’t help you to prepare for actual interpreting in a medical context.
Q: If I am a nurse, do I still need to take a Medical Interpreter Training?
A: Yes, all candidates regardless of education and experience must take a Medical Interpreter Training.
Q: Do you offer employment opportunities for medical interpreters?
A: No, The National Board is not a hiring agency. If you wish to become a certified interpreter, however, your name will appear on the registry on our website and prospective employers can contact you or verify your credentials.
Q: How can I update my information in my profile?
A: Please log in to your account on our website and click under "my profile", scroll down and you will see your information, click "edit" and update the information and save the changes.