Program Overview

Welcome to the National Board's Medical Interpreter Credentialing Programs!

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters offers the most prestigious credentials available in the field of medical interpreting. The Hub-CMI credential and the CMI certification are entry-level credentials for medical interpreters who meet industry-standard educational requirements and pass the appropriate NBCMI exam(s). These exams test adequate knowledge of the medical interpreting profession, including ethics, standards of practice, role boundaries and medical terminology, among other important competencies.

The National Board currently offers the Hub-CMI credential and the CMI (Certified Medical Interpreter) certification. The Hub-CMI is a credential available to all interpreters, regardless of target language. If there is a CMI certification available in your target language, your Hub-CMI will expire in two years with no option for renewal.

The CMI (Certified Medical Interpreter) certification is offered in six languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, and Vietnamese. After achieving the Hub-CMI credential, you will be allowed 2 years to complete the oral exam for the CMI certification.

Upon registration, you will be assigned a program advisor to help you navigate your way through the NBCMI Program.

There are two pathways to certification:

Hub-CMI

If CMI is not available in your target languages:

  • Step 1. Register for the CMI Program: $35
  • Step 2. Take and pass the Written Exam: $175
  • Step 3. Hub-CMI is granted with 4 year renewal $300
  • You are then qualified for Hub-CMI for 4 years, after which your credential can be renewed for $300.

CMI

If CMI is available in your target language (for Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, and Vietnamese).

  • Step 1. Register for the CMI program: $35
  • Step 2. Take and pass the written exam: $175
  • You are then qualified for the Hub-CMI for 2 years with no option for renewal but can continue to step 3.
  • Step 3. Take and pass the oral exam: $275
  • Step 4. CMI is granted with 5 year renewal: $300

Please review the tab for each step (above, under Get Started) for comprehensive details on how to get started and obtain your credentials!

Maintaining Your Credential/Certification

Renewal for the Hub-CMI is due every 4 years. To maintain your credential for another 4 years, the Hub-CMI must submit the renewal fee ($300) and 3 CEUs (30 contact hours of approved continuing education). You also have the option of making a payment after the first two years ($150) and submitting 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours). Please note: if there’s a CMI available in your target language (for Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, and Vietnamese), your Hub-CMI credential will expire in 2 years with no option for renewal.

Renewal for the CMI is due every 5 years. To maintain your credential for another five years, the CMI must submit the renewal fee ($300) and 3 CEUs (30 hours of approved continuing education). See the "renewal" tab for more details.


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 for another year of the program. The exam fees are non-refundable and an exam fee will expire after one year if the exam has not been taken. The re-certification fee is non-refundable.