La Clinica hosts 60-hour community trainings twice annually to prepare participants to become qualified or certified healthcare interpreters in Oregon.
Healthcare interpreters are an essential part of clinic teams, offering a language and culture bridge between healthcare providers and a patient with limited understanding of English. Interpreters ensure proper communication and quality medical, dental, and behavioral health care.
Who is this training for? This training is for people who speak English and a second language and want to become certified or qualified healthcare interpreters in Oregon.
When does it happen? La Clinica hosts this eight-day training for community members twice annually, once in June or July and once in December or January each year. Find the latest schedule here.
Where does it happen? Trainings take place at La Clinica Center for Learning and Innovation, 931 Chevy Way, Medford.
What is the cost? The $795 fee includes textbooks, language assessment, and Oregon Health Authority application fee. Several organizations offer employee scholarships to cover costs.
What are the steps to becoming a certified or qualified interpreter in Oregon? To become a certified interpreter, you must complete a language assessment to establish skill level, a 60-hour interpreter training such as La Clinica’s, and the OHA Qualified Healthcare Interpreter application and a background check. Then you must register with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters and complete national oral and written exams and continuing education courses.
What are prerequisites to becoming a certified interpreter? You must:
- Be at least 18
- Have an Oregon driver’s license or state-issued identification or passport
- Have a high school diploma or have completed a GED
- Have an employer letter attesting that you have at least 15 hours of interpreting experience
- Have passed a bilingual language assessment that is completed as part of the registration process
- Additionally, people who are on the Medicaid exclusion list are not eligible.