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Certified Interpreter

NAATI’s Certified Interpreter test is a direct and objective assessment of the skills and competencies needed to practice.

Commensurate with the level of certification, interpreters work in certain typical domains, situations and interpreting modes.

Click here to learn more.  

There are four pathways to become eligible to sit a Certified Interpreter test. Click here to use an interactive wizard to work out a certification pathway.

Or you can click here to look at the summary document. 

For spoken languages, the Certified Interpreter test involves eight tasks:

Two dialogues:

  • Task Type A: Consecutive Interpreting – Face-to-face dialogue
  • Task Type B: Consecutive Interpreting – Remote dialogue

Four monologues (in different domains for each task and different domains than the dialogue tasks):

  • Task Type C: Consecutive Interpreting – Monologue into LOTE
  • Task Type D: Consecutive Interpreting – Monologue into English
  • Task Type E: Simultaneous Interpreting – Monologue into LOTE
  • Task Type F: Simultaneous Interpreting – Monologue into English

Two sight translations (in the same domains as Task Types A and B):

  • Task Type G: Sight Translation into LOTE – related to, and immediately after, Task Type A
  • Task Type H: Sight Translation into English – related to, and immediately after, Task Type B

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

Click here for more detailed information. You can also click here for a glossary of certification-specific terms. 

The following video explains what will happen on the day of the test. 

It is essential that you also read and understand the following information prior to attending the test:

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

NAATI will be conducting a range of Certified Interpreter tests between the following dates:

  • 11 - 15 February 2019: Auslan
  • 18 - 22 March 2019: Spanish, Mandarin
  • 28 - 31 May 2019: Mandarin

During the following periods, we anticipate testing the following languages:
Arabic, Cantonese, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian

  • 2 September - 4 October 2019
  • 4 November - 29 November 2019

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 and languages up to eight weeks before the scheduled test date.

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

Please note that NAATI must have assessed your application as 'eligible for testing' before you can be invited to one of these test sessions. Click here to learn more about how certification tests are scheduled.