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:

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

  • 11 - 22 November 2019: Mandarin, Deaf Interpreter, Auslan
  • 25 - 29 November 2019: Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sinhalese, Urdu
  • 27 - 31 January 2020: Mandarin (new candidates only)
  • 3 - 7 February 2020: Arabic (new candidates only)
  • 10 - 15 February 2020: Auslan
  • 30 March - 17 April 2020: Greek, Japanese, French, Italian, Cantonese, Korean, Persian
  • 4 - 29 May 2020: Malay, Hindi, German, Vietnamese, Hazargi, Indonesian, Arabic, Mandarin
  • 15 - 26 June 2020: Spanish, Turkish, Russian, Burmese
  • 20 - 31 July 2020: Nepali, Somali, Pashto, Tamil
  • 3 - 7 August 2020: Bangla, Thai
  • 17 - 21 August 2020: Auslan
  • 7 - 18 September 2020: Mandarin, Macedonian, Arabic, Swahili
  • 5 - 16 October 2020: French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese
  • November 2020: Sinhalese, Urdu, Deaf Interpreting, Croatian, Dari, Polish, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi

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 a 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 certification tests are scheduled.