This is an acronym for the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. If you are looking for work as an interpreter in Australia and you are not familiar with NAATI certification. You will find that most government agencies will require you to obtain it before you can apply for work.
Earlier this year, the NAATI introduce the certification system that is design to identify translators and interpreters. Who demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to practice as translators or interpreters in Australia. The certification of interpreters or translators gives people requesting their services. The assurance that English and non-English speakers are able to communicate effectively.
As a NAATI member, you are invite to apply for NAATI accreditation. In order to receive the relevant recognitions, skills, knowledge, and/or competencies in your language, literacy, or numeracy skills, and knowledge. In addition to any other recognized qualifications (e.g., a vocational qualification). You also need to hold the appropriate qualifications (e.g., evidence of formal education).
It is good news that we are going to tell you what you need to do to become certified. And we are going to show you how to do it right, hassle-free, and quickly!
In order to achieve certification, you need to be fluent in more than one language. But those languages cannot all be your native language. You will, for example, need at least two other languages to become a NAATI translator if you speak English and Spanish. There are no restrictions as to which languages you can choose.
You will need at least one reference who is a NAATI certified translator to get your certification. This reference must be yours in order to obtain your certificate. It is possible, however very rare, for an individual to not be fluent in their second language. This can applied only in specialized fields that do not cover general translation or interpretation services.
It shouldn’t take more than two weeks for the entire NAATI certification process to complete (keep in mind that delays may occur during busy seasons). Once you have filled out the application and provided them with all of the requested information, you will need about 5 business days for the company to examine all of your supporting documents and references. It should take about two weeks prior to receiving your certificate in the mail if everything filled out correctly and all your references have been verified.
There is a one-time waiver available to NAATI members who fail to meet the basic academic requirements for certification, which allows them to still receive certification but only if their post-secondary education was not conducted at an Australian institution, such as a university or TAFE (Technical and Further Education) college. You do not have to have studied at any institution. However, it must accredited by Australian standards and the courses must approved by NAATI for NAATI certification purposes. At the present, we do not have any information regarding what other qualifications may qualify for this waiver. We will update this article once we have more information about it.
Before you apply for any interpreting or translation roles, please ensure that all your documentation is kept for a minimum of seven years in case there is an inspection. It is important that you check with the agency that notified you of their requirements before applying, as most employers will not perform NAATI checks on potential employees until after they have been hired. But this depends on what role you are going to play, so please make sure to check with the agency before applying!