Is your interpreter certified?
Certification Advocates is a public initiative that unites all stakeholders related to language access who want to secure safe communication for those that require medical interpreting services. We work primarily to educate the public at large about the dangers of working with non-certified medical and healthcare interpreters. While most healthcare organizations require anyone providing these services to be trained, many still do not require that they prove their competency through national certification. This puts patients at risk as training alone does not guarantee competency. Only a certification process can 'certify' that a professional is competent to practice. National certification has been in place since 2009 and is available in all languages. Therefore, there is no reason for practicing interpreters not to be certified. The reality is that interpreters that have not passed certification exams continue to practice and this is a liability for all involved. Organizations need to pay practicing interpreters in order to safeguard the multiple mandates to hire only qualified interpreters.
Our role is simple: to promote certification, and to advocate at a local, state, and national level, for national certification to become a requirement of practice.
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as a requirement of practice.
Are you an interpreter, employer, educator, manager, or hospital administrator or simply an advocate for language access for all? We are only as strong as the number of advocates we represent. You do not have to be an interpreter or certified to join. This is a public effort and that is why it is bilingual. Funds are needed to make this a multilingual website.
Help us educate the public about the need for
We will provide you with talking points and tools to spread the word about this effort. Interpreters in particular can really help as they can reach patients that require these services and also believe they need to be protected through certification. Any help is welcomed. This is a grassroots effort. Make meaningful connections. This may be one of the best ways to make a difference. Remember, this is a public effort.
Individual stakeholders can join our list of Certification Advocates, or CAs, by providing a statement of belief below, solidifying their support for this simple cause. This is free although any individual contribution is welcomed and tax deductible to help finance our educational campaigns about language access and patient safety.
Organizational stakeholders (for profit and non profit) can join the supporting organizations list by sending proof that they already require certification for hire.or sponsor the effort with a small tax-deductible contribution of a minimum of $100 to help finance our educational campaigns about language access and patient safety.
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