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Continuing Education Units (CEU) Program
Continuing Education Programs exist so that professionals can quantify and earn credit for all the continuing educational programs they participate in. Professional interpreters should earn and keep track of continuing education credits, as determined by IMIA guidelines. Certified medical interpreters, CMIs, in order to maintain their certification credential, will need to obtain 3 Interpreter CEUs® (30 hours of continuing education within 5 years). Certified members are therefore given five years to accumulate 30 hours of documented credit.
Like with many professional organizations, the IMIA utilizes a credit system whereby 0.1 continuing education unit is equivalent to 1 hour of instruction. The IMIA CEU system for assigning IMIA CEU credit values is based on the system by which universities award educational credits. In accordance with this established credit system:
• 1.0 IMIA CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of instruction
• 0.1 IMIA CEU is equivalent to 1 hour of instruction
• 0.05 IMIA CEU is equivalent to 30 minutes of instruction.
So how does the Interpreter CEU Program work?
Training Organizations Offer Interpreter CEUs®
Training organizations apply to be able to offer CEU points - the application is at http://www.imiaweb.org/education/ceu-app.asp. The fee is $55 (payable online via credit card after the application is completed. PLEASE NOTE: This fee is to review programs, does not guarantee approval and is not refundable.) The IMIA staff then reviews the application. The IMIA has developed a comprehensive review process to ensure the public that continuing education course or workshops meet minimum requirements for CEU credit. It means that a reviewer has to review the data provided and compare it to the IMIA criteria. In some occasions, a reviewer has to interface with applicants for further information. The $55 fee pays for the services listed above.
Requirements for offering CEUs include:
-CV of presenter/instructor.
-workshop is educational and not simply the description of a program or service
-workshop abstract describes content that is attainable in the period of time of learning activity
-workshop contains clear learning objectives that are relevant to medical interpreters
-attendees receive a certificate of attendance for the workshop that reflects that the workshop offers a specific amount of Interpreter CEUs®. The IMIA encourages training organizations to provide students with e-certificates.
Retroactive CEU Application
If a training program was not able to submit an application at the time of the workshop or event, The IMIA will accept applications for retroactive IMIA CEUs up to two years back from the date of the workshop or event.
To Learn More About Awarding IMIA CEUs for a Learning Series and its Modules, go to:
IMPORTANT: Please read before submitting an application for CEU review by the IMIA
Any course, program or workshop offering an introductory level of instruction in general interpreting, medical interpreting, or community interpreting in which the primary focus is medical interpreting will not be reviewed for CEU's because these types of courses do not fall within the criteria for continuing education.
Definition of Continuing Education:
Continuing Education in a field are defined as educational activities which enhance one's knowledge or skill to practice in that field. Since the IMIA CEU program is only one specific to medical interpretation, its CEU program pertains to medical interpretation continuing education only.
Courses or workshops to be accepted as continuing education have to be offered to practicing interpreters. Courses or workshops that are open to any individual who wishes to become a medical interpreter is not considered a continuing education course or workshop for medical interpreters. 40 Hour basic programs, even if called refreshers do not qualify as they are also open to those that are not interpreters, therefore not enhancing the knowledge and skills of practicing medical interpreters.
Requirements for Interpreter CEUs® includes:
-That the workshop you attended is actually offering Interpreter CEUs®*
-That you remain present during the entire duration of the workshop.
-That you receive a certificate of attendance for the continuing education workshop you attended that states that it offers Interpreter CEUs® from the training organization. The IMIA encourages training organizations to provide students with e-certificates.
*If the workshop you attended does not offer it please let them know about the Interpreter CEU Program at www.imiaweb.org on the Education section, so they can apply to offer Interpreter CEUs®. They can apply after the workshop is given, and CEUs can be offered retroactively.
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IMIA CEU Program
Tiered Review Process
The Tiered Review Process survey was designed to collect opinions regarding the adoption of a tiered review process by the IMIA to address CEU applications. For more information about the proposed tiered review process, please refer to the May 2012 IMIA CEU Program presentation by visiting the link above. The data collected from this survey will be used to guide CEU policy discussions by the IMIA Education Committee and IMIA leadership. This survey will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete and is anonymous. Thank you very much for participating in this survey. Your input will help to shape the future of the IMIA CEU Program.
Let IMIA Help You Archive Your Continuing Education Units!
Please follow these instructions to upload your CEU Certificates onto your IMIA Membership Profile:
1) Go to:
2) Log in using your email address and password
3) The top section of the Upload Certificates page is for IMIA Approved CEU Certificates - simply browse for the PDF file version of the certificate you would like to upload, and then type in a name for it in the “Event or workshop name” field. You may upload up to 5 IMIA Event certificates
4) The lower section of the Upload Certificates page is for Other Educational/Language-Related Certificates. You may repeat the same process as noted in step 3.
5) IMPORTANT! Make sure you click on the SAVE button at the bottom of the Upload Certificates page or your documents will not be uploaded.
Once uploaded, these documents will appear as part of your profile.
Other Useful Tools:
* Upload Your Resume at http://www.imiaweb.org/members/Uploadresume.asp
* Add Your Certification and Credentials to your profile at http://www.imiaweb.org/members/profile.asp
* You can even upload your professional photo!
Don’t let your membership profile fall out of date - go to http://www.imiaweb.org/members/profile.asp NOW to make sure all your information is current!
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