The Benefits of Certification

Our Medical Interpreter Certification brings many benefits to multiple stakeholder groups.

Medical Interpreters
  • Recognition: Industry stakeholders recognize CMIs for their quality work, and the CMI credential crosses state lines
  • Inclusiveness: the same credential is used for all medical interpreters (in-person & remote)
  • Simplicity: get certified instead of having to prove your competence to every employer or health care facility

 Healthcare Industry

  • Protection: Reduces liability issues due to incompetent interpreting
  • Verification: Reduces length of time it takes to validate candidates' qualifications and prevents administrative testing costs of recruitment of interpreters
  • Cost savings: Proper communication reduces unnecessary re admissions and visits to the Emergency Room
  • Patronage: Patients build loyalty with organizations that meet their needs and provide linguistic and culturally appropriate services

 Patients and Providers

  • Clarity: Ensures effective communication between providers and patients
  • Safety: Prevents adverse effects due to the use of unqualified interpreters
  • Trust:  Effective communication promotes trust and compliance with prescribed care


  • Range: a national credential that crosses state lines in case of national disasters
  • Compliance: ensures compliance with many state requirements that demand that services are provided by competent individuals
CMI credentialing helps meet Joint Commission and other regulatory guidelines on qualification of interpreters and bilingual/multilingual staff authorized to provide communication assistance. Requiring the CMI credential is the best way of ensuring that interpreters, service providers and healthcare systems are compliant and promoting patient safety.