Certified Provisional Interpreter
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 Provisional Interpreter 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 for certification, you need to open an account in our customer portal, myNAATI. You can make your application from myNAATI.
There are five pathways to become eligible to sit a Certified Provisional Interpreter test.
Details can be found in the Certification System Overview.
For spoken languages, the Certified Provisional Interpreter test involves three tasks:
- Two consecutive interpreting face-to-face dialogue tasks
- One consecutive interpreting remote dialogue task (via telephone)
Each task is delivered as a live role-play. There will be two role-players for each role-play, one English-speaking and one speaking the test language.
You will be required to interpret in consecutive mode for each of the role-players. Each task will last 10-12 minutes and will be set in a different domain.
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:
- Candidate Information - preparing for test day
- How will my test be marked?
- What happens when my language is spoken differently around the world? How does NAATI treat words which are borrowed from other languages? NAATI's Language Policy for Interpreter Tests gives candidates guidance about language variances and borrowed words.
- How will my identity be checked on test day?
- Glossary of terms for interpreters and translators
- Terms and conditions (including the cancellation policy)