News and Announcements

Written Exam Expiration

Dear CMI and Hub-CMI candidates, January 12, 2021

We are pleased to announce we will extend the expiration deadline for all written exams taken prior to December 2018. Please be aware that beginning March 1st, 2021 all written exams taken before December 2018 will expire. The Hub-CMI is a viable option for those who have a written exam set to expire.

What can I do to prevent my written exam from expiring?

For CMI languages: If you passed your written exam and we offer an oral exam in your target Language (Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean or Vietnamese), you must schedule your oral exam before March 1, 2021. If you are unable to take and pass the oral exam before this date, you will have to register and take the written exam again. Alternatively, you may apply for the Hub-CMI credential which is valid for 2 years. You will then have 2 years to take and pass the oral exam with no option for renewal.

For all other languages: If you passed your written exam previous to 2018 and we DO NOT offer an oral exam in your target language, you will need to apply for the Hub-CMI credential and your credential will be valid for 4 years.

Thank you so much for participating in the NBCMI programs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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COVID Vaccinations for Medical Interpreters

Letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to "include on-site medical interpreters among the listed examples of health care personnel (HCP) eligible for Phase 1 vaccinations, and to include on-site interpreters in other settings (community interpreting, educational interpreting, state and local government offices, court and interpreters in legal or administrative law settings) among 'other essential workers' per the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)."

Read the letter

Hub-CMI Go-Live

The National Board is pleased to announce the launch of The Hub-CMI Credential

The Hub is a written test available for all languages starting on May 27, 2020. It will be easily accessible online with select onsite options starting in June. Every qualified medical interpreter in any language will have access to take this test and obtain the Hub-CMI credential. For those six languages already certified, the HUB-CMI interpreter will have the opportunity to continue growing, taking the next step towards the CMI credential.

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Call for Nominations

Are you passionate about advancing the medical interpreting profession?

We invite you to present your application to join the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI)

NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: September 30th, 2020

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All NBCMI Exams Go Online

Recently the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued updated guidance on measures to be taken to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 disease. In particular, the CDC lowered the number of people that should be able to congregate in the same space from 50 to 10 in the United States.

In order to take precautionary measures, the National Board will move all testing operations online until further notice. Our online proctoring service has the capacity to offer exams around the clock and on weekends to meet the needs of our candidates.

There is much to learn about the newly emerged COVID-19, including how easily it spreads and how it will impact the health care system and the United States as a whole. We recommend you follow the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and your local public health officials for up to date information and recommendations.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or would like to arrange to take your exam online.

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI) COVID-19 Statement

The current global crisis affects us all, particularly those actively engaged in battling this pandemic in our hospitals and other care facilities. Doctors, nurses, first responders, hospital staff and many more in similar roles are our most crucial assets in the fight against COVID-19.

It was brought to our attention that some medical interpreters who continue to work on-site in hospitals during these uneasy times have been denied masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE), which are absolutely vital for the prevention of infection. Not only does this put our interpreters in danger of being infected by the virus, but it also increases the risk that they may inadvertently spread the virus to others.

The world has changed suddenly, quickly, and drastically – no one would claim that there has been enough time to rebuild our entire system and adapt to the expanding needs of healthcare workers and hospital facilities.

Doctors and nurses are on the front lines, and providing them with PPE is a top priority. However, onsite medical interpreters also interact with patients directly. This close proximity to COVID-19 victims potentially compromises the health of the interpreters and anyone around them.

We fully recognize that resources are scarce right now. Healthcare administrators are working tirelessly to protect personnel and provide patients with the care they need, all while keeping abreast of CDC guidelines. Healthcare workers need to be patient as every day more comprehensive and precautionary measures are taken. In the meantime, if PPE cannot be provided to medical interpreters, then interpretation services must be provided remotely. The majority of hospitals have already switched to remote interpretation, and this system has proven to be safe and efficient. Interpreters may continue to work as VRI or OPI, or from dedicated call centers. As our healthcare system is rapidly adopting telemedicine practices, so can our interpreters be transitioned to fully remote operations.

Transitioning to all remote services may seem like a daunting task that requires more time and resources; but now, more than ever, the key to providing continued interpreting services lies in the creation of a task force of technicians and advisers that can develop and implement effective systems and train interpreters in their use.

Read the full statement

COVID- 19 Interpreter Resources and Information

A listing of online resources covering:

  • Health
  • Webinars
  • Mental Health
  • Symptoms Check
  • Articles

View COVID- 19 Interpreter Resources and Information document


Due to a number of internet scams, the National Board has implemented elevated security measures for the NBCMI Interpreter Registry. The new interface will allow employment agencies to contact interpreters through a secure platform that doesn’t disclose your email address.

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Free Monthly Webinar - Register Now

The National Board offers a free Webinar on how to prepare for the National Board exams. Get informed, ask questions and Get Certified!

Monthly Webinar Schedule & Registration

Results of the 2017 Job Analysis Study of the Certified Medical Interpreter are now available!

The job analysis described in this report was conducted in 2017 at the request of the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). The purpose of the study was to describe the job activities of a certified medical interpreter in sufficient detail to provide a basis for updating professional, job-related oral and written certification examinations. The NBCMI Job Analysis Advisory Committee (JAAC) conducted the activities necessary to identify job responsibilities and to develop specifications for a Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) certification examination. The JAAC represented varied regions and practice settings. All JAAC members were experts in the duties and activities associated with the profession. The study involved developing job task and knowledge lists and survey, distributing the survey, and analyzing the survey responses. Specifications for a Certified Medical Interpreter certification examination were developed based on survey responses. 

Read the full report

Share your Story!

The Board of Directors want to highlight your successes and what having the CMI credential means to you.  We invite you to share you experiences by emailing the National Board at