Minimum age and education
Participants must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or the equivalent. Proof of high school graduation or GED, etc. is required.
40 Hours of training
Participants must have completed the 40-hour Bridging the Gap course or another CCHCP approved 40-hour medical interpreter training. A Certificate of Successful completion is required as proof.
Proof of language proficiency
Participants must be bilingual in English and at least one other language, and proof of proficiency in both languages is required to enroll in the class. Proof of proficiency can be copies of any one of the following documents:
High school diploma or equivalent, or university/college degree from a school using the assessed language(s)
National or state medical interpreter certification
5 or more years of verified professional experience working in the language(s) being assessed
State or federal court interpreter certification
Oral language exam results with scores equivalent to ACTFL Advanced Mid-level or ILR Level 2
If applicants do not have any prior proof of language proficiency, the registration process will include a speaking and listening assessment conducted over the phone. This assessment costs $72.
Assessments are scheduled through ALTA Language Services on a weekday at a time that is convenient for the applicant. Once a language assessment is scheduled, the applicant will receive a phone number to call and instructions to begin the assessment, which is approximately 20-40 minutes long. The maximum possible score is 12; a 9 or higher is required for admission.