Ethical Competency is the knowledge and understanding of the relevant Code of Ethics required by translators and interpreters that allows them to apply this to situations in professional practice, client interactions and other professional activities.

If you are applying to NAATI to gain a certification for the first time, you may need to pass both the Intercultural Competency and Ethical Competency tests before you become eligible to sit a certification test.

You do not need to apply separately to sit an Ethical Competency test. NAATI will make a determination and will advise you whether you need to sit this test once we have processed your application.

If you have completed an Endorsed Qualification within the last 3 years, you will not need to sit this test as this content was covered in your tertiary course.

If you have completed other training at a Higher Education (HE) or Vocational Education and Training (VET) institution within the last three years, NAATI may exempt you from having to sit this test. You will need to attach evidence of completing this training with your application form for NAATI to make an assessment.


AUSIT Code of Ethics

The AUSIT Code of Ethics sets out the general principles that govern the practice of spoken language translators and interpreters.

All practitioners who hold a NAATI certification must abide by the AUSIT code. It is a condition of the certification they are issued.


ASLIA Code of Ethics

The ASLIA Code of Ethics expresses ethical principles, values, and standards of conduct to specifically guide sign language interpreters in their professional practice. It is intended to provide direction to interpreters for ethical and professional decision-making in their day-to-day work.

All practitioners who hold a NAATI certification must abide by the ASLIA code. It is a condition of the certification they are issued.


Test Format

The Ethical Competency test is conducted online through our Learning Management System.

As part of the online test, you will be required to complete a self-directed online course. This course takes approximately 20 hours to complete. It contains 4 Modules each of which is followed by learning activities such as a quiz, short questions and answers, reflection questions and reading material. On completion of the course you will be eligible to take the online test where you will have 1.5 hours to answer six questions.

The test will consist of:

  1. Answering three knowledge-based short answer questions; and
  2. Answering three scenario-based short answer questions

The Ethical Competency preparation course and test will be conducted in sessions over a period of a month. You can enrol yourself in a test session up until one week prior to the start of the month. You can complete the course content at your own pace but all test responses must be submitted by 11:59pm AEST on the last day of the month.


What Will The Test Assess?

The Ethical Competency test will assess:

  • Your knowledge of the relevant code of ethics – AUSIT Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct or ASLIA Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct
  • Your ability to identify ethical issues in a broad range of interpreting and/or translation scenarios; and
  • Your ability to apply the relevant principle/value of the code to each scenario.

What Do I Need To Know Before I Sit My Test?

Make sure you read and understand the following information before your test: