Who is eligible to take the CanopyCredential assessment? Can I take it?

CanopyCredential is designed for healthcare professionals, students, medical schools, healthcare organizations, and non-clinical staff.

The CanopyCredential assessment is designed for healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, as well as medical students and nursing students; and medical academic institutions, and healthcare organizations to appropriately assess the bilingual skills that are required for interactions between clinical health professionals, patients, and their families.

For this reason, the content of the assessment tasks has been primarily established with this group of healthcare professionals in mind. However, the content and nature of the assessment tasks have been designed at a general level to be accessible to a wide range of clinical professionals (e.g., doctors, nurses, midwives). Although the clinical nature of the assessment content may be challenging for non-clinical healthcare professionals, the assessment can also be used to evaluate the bilingual skills of non-clinical staff. 

Within the assessment, speaking prompts are provided for each speaking task as a way to help level set the medical information required in order to allow the focus to be on the communication skills. They are not provided with the intent to dictate how to practice medicine.

While the assessment can be useful to baseline competency and proficiency at any level, the goal of CanopyCredential is to establish the test-taker with a Qualified Bilingual Staff (QBS) status that can be compliant with the Affordable Care Act Section 1557. For this reason, we recommend that participants use the results in our Self-Assessment Questionnaire(SAQ) to determine if they have the necessary skills to obtain at least the lowest level required in QBS status.