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Health Care Interpreter Renewal

All Oregon State approved HCI letters Qualified and Certified are valid for 4 years from the date of issue (OAR 950-050-0100 and 950-050-0110). If the qualification or certification has not been renewed within 1 year (12 months) of the expiration date, the HCI shall re-apply as a new applicant (OAR 950-050-0120).

Renewing HCIs may renew as early as, but no more than, 60-days before the expiration date of the current credential.

Renewing your Qualified or Certified Letter

All Oregon State approved HCI letters (Qualified and Certified are valid for 4 years from the date of issue (OAR 950-050-0100 and 950-050-0110). According to the new Rule Housebill 2359, Health Care Interpreters are no longer required to be certified; it is optional.

All Qualified and Certified HCI's must complete 24 hours of OHA approved continuing education (CEU) (OAR 950-050-0090):

  • Six hours of health care interpreter ethics
  • Six hours of interpretation skills
  • Twelve hours that cover any topics accepted for continuing education by interpreter certification testing centers
  • For Renewing Qualified Sign Language Interpreters: In addition to the CEUs above, please complete an OHA approved 60 hour HCI training course and send proof of certificate of completion. See the training page for approved training organizations.

Approved CEUs from the following organizations will be accepted by OHA for the renewal of HCI letters:

Health Care Interpreter (HCI) Qualified and Certified Continuing Education Requirements

Step 1: Complete your required continuing education hours

Step 2: Complete your Health Care Interpreter Renewal Application

All application fees have been waived, do not send any checks to pay for fees

Step 3: Submit your renewal application together with supporting documentation to:

Send your completed Renewal Application to:

EmailHCI.program@odhsoha.oregon.gov  
or
Mail: Office of Equity and Inclusion - Health Care Interpreter Program
421 SW Oak Street, Suite 750
Portland, OR  97204

Fax: 971-673-1128

* Are you having problems with accessing our on-line application? Please follow the instructions from this link. The instructions will help to download the application in Chrome and Firefox. Also, make sure you have the current version of Adobe Reader.

If you need assistance or have HCI application/program related questions, please send an email to HCI.program@dhsoha.oregon.gov or, call 971-673-3378 and we will respond to your message as soon as we are able, thank you.