The National Board requires recertification every 5 years. 

The recertification requirements have been developed to promote continued competence, the component of professional development that addresses the minimum requirements of contemporary practice.  This means maintaining the skills and knowledge required for accurate, complete and competent medical interpretation delivered in an ethical and professional manner. Recertification provides an opportunity for interpreters to strengthen and expand their knowledge and skills. To achieve this purpose, continuing education units are only accepted for training directly related to medical interpretation.  

By requiring recertification, the National Board protects patient’s safety, honors patient’s right to obtain services of a competent interpreter, and prevents interpreters certified in the past to lag on field experience.

In order to maintain your credential you must:

Recertify every 5 years by participating in education directly related to medical interpretation.

  • Complete 3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units), equivalent to 30 contact hours of approved training before the credential's expiration date (5 years from initial CMI date of certification). Each CEU is equal to 10 contact hours of training by most organizations. For example, a typical conference day is 0.6 CEUs.
  • Pay the $300 recertification fee.
  • Payments and CEUs will be accepted within one year of the expiration date. They are due within 45 days of the expiration date.

Individuals who fulfill these requirements will not need to retake the medical certification exams to maintain their CMI credential (see Failure to Recertify section below).

Acceptable Continuing Education

Because the IMIA Education Committee’s standards match those set by the National Board, all IMIA/NBCMI CEUs are automatically accepted for recertification. Following these standards helps ensure that CMIs are receiving appropriate continued education to promote professional growth.  Nevertheless, NBCMI will accept any valid course as long as it meets the same guidelines.  If you attend an event that you believe would meet NBCMI’s or the IMIA’s Education Committee’s standards, you may submit the necessary documentation to NBCMI to have it evaluated, in a case-by-case basis.   NBCMI will only evaluate courses/events if complete documentation is received to assist in the evaluation.  You must submit the following:

  • Title and event description (abstract, including agenda/syllabus/slides or handouts) – this must show that the content went beyond beginner’s level
  • Name and credentials of the presenter
  • Certificate of attendance, or signature of the presenter indicating completion of the course, indicating the date and length of the presentation or event
  • If title and description of the event does not clarify the level of the education received, or how it relates to skill development or the medical field, additional information may be requested.

While the National Board has been automatically accepting ATA, RID and CCHI CEs, this will no longer be the case effective 01/01/2018.  ATA, RID, or CCHI CE's received prior to 01/01/2018 will be honored for recertification. After 01/01/2018, only IMIA/NBCMI CEUs will be automatically accepted.    For information on IMIA CEUs, please see or click HERE for the press release on their changes effective 01/01/2018.

Certificants are strongly encouraged to earn CEUs throughout the 5 year period.

The International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) offers the Learning Series, an excellent set of monthly webinars to help individuals acquire or improve skills in medical interpreting, and obtain continued education units (CEUs).  These webinars are the easiest, and most cost-effective way of obtaining the 3.0 CEU units needed for re-certification (due every 5 years), and an excellent way of staying on top of new trends, ethical issues, standards of practice, and legal matters affecting our profession, and networking with other CMIs around the world. 

CLICK HERE to visit the IMIA Education and Learning Series site for more information. 

Visit our Upcoming Events section under Quick Links  to find CEU opportunities.

Do you have an educational event that has been approved for IMIA CEUs?  If so, we would love to share it in our Events calendar.  Email us at so we can share it with other CMIs!

Submit Payment and CEUs for Recertification

Please click here to make your recertification payment and submit your CEUs. You can upload your CEUs certificates on your profile as you earn them to ensure you do not lose them and have them ready for recertification.

After you make your payment, the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters will review your CEUs and contact you with information on your certification status. Please allow 5 - 10 business days for review.

The re-certification fee is non-refundable.

Failure to Recertify

Credentialed interpreters who do not comply with the recertification requirements before the established deadline every fifth year will lose their credential(s) and will be removed from the registry of CMIs. To regain certification, lapsed individuals must re-apply for certification, meet the prerequisite requirements in effect at the time and pass the examination requirements.

For detailed information, please refer to the following link:

Re-Certification Procedures

For questions, please contact