How Do I Become a Certified Translator?


Do you want to translate documents for official purposes and become a certified translator? Well then you have to follow a few steps and in order to become one. The ways to become a certified translator are mentioned below –

  • Receive certification from ATA or American Translators Association

This is the first step and ATA is widely recognized for providing generalized certification programs. Various types of language translations are included in this translation certificate. Once you check the language they are providing, you have to see whether you meet all the eligibility requirements. Then, you have to see whether you fulfill the conditions needed for accreditation. You will also be tested in a challenging exam of three hours long. Once you pass all the steps, you will be given the certification.

  • Receive certification from National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators

Here too, you need to first check your eligibility requirements and then check whether you fit in it or not. There will be a two-part federal interpreter test which you have to pass. Then you have to sit for the state interpreter test when you pass the previous one. Once you pass all the tests, you will be given your certification for being a translator.

  • Receive certification from National Board of Certified Medical Interpreters (CMI)

In case you are interested in working as a translator in the medical field, then you will have to get a certification from CMI. Here too, you will have to pass a test.

So, if you get a certification from either of the three above mentioned bodies, you can start your work as a certified translator.