NAATI examiners are the professionals who help maintain and set interpreting and translating standards. These are the standards that certification candidates are assessed by. 

Examiners are recruited to sit on panels by language. As members of a panel, examiners set and mark translation and interpreting certification tests in that language.

Examiners can also be recruited to set and mark other tests, such as Credentialed Community Language (CCL) tests.

Why join an examiner panel?

There are many reasons why people choose to contribute to the translating and interpreting industry as a NAATI examiner. By becoming an examiner, you are helping ensure there are enough qualified practitioners available in your language to enable people with little or poor English to confidently engage and interact with the Australian community. An added bonus, the work you contribute counts towards your professional development (PD) points.

What are the requirements?

From time-to-time, NAATI seeks suitably qualified people to join its examiner panels in languages that are offered for certification or CCL tests. 

To become an examiner, you will need to satisfy a number of selection criteria:

  • current NAATI certification
  • tertiary qualifications in translating, interpreting, language, linguistics or related discipline
  • near-native competence in English and your language
  • extensive professional experience as a translator or interpreter
  • strong commitment to ethical practice
  • a demonstrated ability to work with others.
How are examiners paid?

As contractors examiners are paid on a fee-for-service basis. Typically, this works out to be around $60 per hour but this may vary depending on the type of work and your experience.

Examiners can complete the majority of the tasks they are assigned remotely and around other commitments. Most current examiners undertake NAATI contract work secondary to other employment.

How do I join a panel?

NAATI assesses its panel membership regularly and will contact current certified practitioners according to panel needs. Candidates will be invited to fill in an expression of interest (EOI).