CFCC to offer certification tests for healthcare interpreters 

July 23rd, 2014 by David Hardin

​Cape Fear Community College​ has been ​officially certified to administer the Commission Certification Healthcare Interpreters oral exam.

​According to CFCC’s lead instructor for the Spanish Community Interpreting Program Patricia Armiñana, being able to offer this exam​ provides a much more convenient option for local residents​ interested in becoming certified to work as an interpreter in the healthcare industry.

​”In the past, our students in the Community Spanish Interpreter Program and other members in the community had to travel over hundred miles to take the certification exam. Now the college ​will be able to provide this service to all interested ​residents in the eastern part of​ the state,” Armiñana said.​

She added that the importance of being certified is to ensure that the interpreter has some approved credentials by a professional organization.

“Most of hospitals in the area will not hire an interpreter who is not certified,” Armiñana said

The exam will now be offered at CFCC’s North Campus in Castle Hayne. ​Other testing sites in North Carolina include Cary, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh.

​For more information about becoming an Spanish interpreter or taking the certification exam, please contact parminana@cfcc.edu or visit cchi.org.

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