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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 333-002-0140 and 333-002-0150).

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 333-002-0140 and 333-002-0150).  Qualified letters are not renewable for languages that have certification exams available, namely Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish. Please note that while there is a Vietnamese certification exam, Vietnamese interpreters can now renew their HCI letters and registry enrollment by completing only their 24 hours of continuing education. Vietnamese interpreters can choose to take their certification exams, but it is not required for Oregon HCI renewal.

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

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

  • Certification Commission for Health Care Interpreters (CCHI),
  • International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA)
  • American Translators Association (ATA)
  • Oregon Judicial Department (OJD)
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
  • Washington State (DSHS)
  • Oregon Health Authority, Office of Equity and Inclusion (OHA/OEI)

Additional Information for Renewing your Credentials

Step 1: Complete your required continuing education hours

Information on CEU's topics approved by certification bodies recognized by OHA

Step 2: Complete your Health Care Interpreter Renewal Application

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

Health Care Interpreter Renewal Application

Step 3: Background Check Process for Health Care Interpreter

Background check process for HCI.

Step 4: Submit your application renewal form

Send your completed Renewal Application to:

Health Care Interpreter
Office of Equity and Inclusion
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 or, call either 971-673-3328 or 971-673-3378 and we will respond to your message as soon as we are able, thank you.