To help you verify interpreter credentials, AAPTI provides external links to other sites. You can still find certified healthcare and/or court-certified interpreters in our AAPTI Directory *.
When verifying a medical or legal interpreter's certification, it's important to confirm which organization provided the certification and check that it is currently valid.
In the United States, there are several organizations that offer certification for medical interpreters. Below are two well-known organizations that offer certification for medical interpreters:
1. National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI): The NBCMI offers a certification program for medical interpreters. You can verify a medical interpreter's certification by using their online directory, which allows you to search for interpreters by name or certification number.
2. Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI): CCHI also offers a certification program for medical interpreters. You can verify an interpreter's certification by using their online directory, which allows you to search for interpreters by name or certification number.
Most U.S. states have a court interpreter exam and a public list of those who have passed the exam. You can do a Google search for "Roster of Certified Court Interpreters in [enter state]" to access this information.
Below you'll find the roster for certified federal court Spanish interpreters only. (No other languages are currently tested.)
United States District Court Directory. You can also search the local list of each district court online. - FCCI Public Roster - Release date: June 16, 2023
CALIFORNIA Certified Court Interpreter Roster - https://www.courts.ca.gov/35273.htm
MONTANA Currently no certification requirement at the state level
TEXAS Licensed Court Interpreter Roster - https://jbcctexas.txcourts.gov/Protected/LIC/LicenseeSearch.aspx?Program=LCI&PubliSearch=Y&returnURL=~/Login.aspx?TI=3#noback
Please note there are two license designations for the state of Texas:
Master – Permits the interpreter to interpret court proceedings in all courts in this state, including justice courts and municipal courts.
Basic – Permits the interpreter to interpret court proceedings in justice courts and municipal courts that are not municipal courts of record, other than a proceeding before the court in which the judge is acting as a magistrate.
* Some interpreters hold more than one certification. Please make sure to search the correct directory.