Certified Interpreter (Auslan & English)

An interpreter transfers a spoken or signed message from one language into a spoken or signed message in another language, for the purpose of communication between people who do not share the same language.

Interpreters work in certain typical domains, situations and interpreting modes, depending on the certification they hold.

NAATI’s Certified Interpreter (Auslan-English) test is an objective assessment of the skills and competencies needed to practice as an interpreter in Australia.

Learn more about the different certification types.

Apply for Certification

To apply, you need to register your email in our customer portal, myNAATI. After you have registered, you can apply from myNAATI. 

There are four pathways to become eligible to sit a Certified Interpreter (Auslan & English) Test. 

Details can be found in the Certification System Overview

For Auslan, the Certified Interpreter test involves five tasks:

  • Two simultaneous interpreting face-to-face dialogues
  • One sight translation into Auslan (in the same domain as the second dialogue)
  • One simultaneous interpreting monologue into Auslan
  • One simultaneous interpreting monologue into English

There is no fixed time for the test. In most situations, testing will take around 1.5 to 2 hours from the time your test starts.

NAATI will be conducting a range of Certified Interpreter (Auslan & English) tests between the following dates:

  • 10 - 14 February 2020
  • 17 - 21 August 2020

The list of dates above is not exhaustive. Testing may only be available in some states, depending on demand.

Further dates will be published as they become available. NAATI reserves the right to amend or cancel test dates.

Click here to find out about certification prerequisites, and here to apply for a certification test.

NAATI must have assessed your application as 'eligible for testing' before you can select and pay for your test session through the myNAATI portal. You can enrol in a test session up to 5 weeks before the test. Click here to learn more about how tests are scheduled.