Intercultural Competency

Intercultural competency is the knowledge and skill required by interpreters and translators that allows them to identify culturally-specific information in the source language, appropriately reflect these in the target language and deal with clients in a culturally appropriate manner.

If you are applying to NAATI to gain a certification for the first time, you will normally need to pass both the intercultural and ethical screening tests before you become eligible to sit a certification test. You will also have to satisfy other prerequisites depending on the eligibility pathway you choose.

You do not need to apply separately to sit an intercultural or ethical competency screening test. NAATI will make a determination and will advise you of whether you need to sit these screening tests once we begin processing your submitted certification application.

Click here to see the cost of the intercultural competency screening test.

You should be aware that it may take 3-6 months for these tests to be offered. NAATI will contact you with more information on this once an application has been assessed. 

The intercultural competency screening test will assess:

  • Your knowledge of social institutions, cultural beliefs and practices in Australia and LOTE country/region;
  • Your knowledge of cultural and sociolinguistic features in a translation and/or interpreting situation; and
  • Your ability to identify intercultural issues and your understanding of the implications of these issues for translators and/or interpreters.

The test will consist of:

  • Answering three knowledge-based short answer questions (from a choice of four); and
  • Answering three scenario-based short answer questions (from a choice of five)

NAATI expects that test candidates will have read and understood the following information prior to attending their test:

You can also click here to access some example test questions and answers to help you prepare for the test. 

Generally, NAATI schedules screening tests at least once every three months in all locations.

Please note that NAATI must have assessed your application as 'eligible for testing' before you can be invited to book one of these test dates:

  • Week Commencing: 1 - 31 January 2020

The list of dates and languages above is not exhaustive. Further dates and languages will be published as they become available. NAATI reserves the right to amend test dates up to eight weeks before the scheduled test date.

NAATI has developed a set of two online training courses to assist people wishing to prepare for the intercultural and ethical competency screening tests.

These two courses are not a replacement for tertiary qualifications and it is not compulsory to complete them. Completing these courses (on their own) will not be enough to satisfy the training requirements to access certification testing. 

Enrolments for the current round of courses are now closed.

If you have completed a NAATI Endorsed Qualification, you will not need to sit this screening tests 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.

If you already hold a NAATI credential, Certification or Recognised Practising, there are special pathways available if you wish to gain a higher credential (in the same language or skill) or equivalent credential (in a different language or direction). 

If you only hold accreditation or recognition under the previous credentialing system then these special pathways are not accessible.

If you are looking to obtain another credential in a different skill (e.g. you are an interpreter wanting a translating credential), NAATI may not require you to sit the intercultural and ethical competency screening tests. You will be advised if you need to sit these tests once NAATI begins to process your application. You would still need to meet all other prerequisites.

All applications for additional credentials should be made through myNAATI.

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Still have questions or are unsure? Email info@naati.com.au.