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Certified Provisional Interpreter

NAATI’s Certified Provisional 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.

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There are five pathways to become eligible to sit a Certified Provisional 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 Provisional Interpreter test involves three tasks:

  • Task Type A: Two Consecutive interpreting face-to-face dialogue tasks
  • Task Type B: One Consecutive interpreting remote dialogue task (via telephone)

Each task is delivered as a live role-play. There will be two role-players, one English-speaking and one LOTE-speaking for each role-play.

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.

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 Provisional Interpreter tests between the following dates:

  • 4 - 8 February 2019: Arabic, Indonesian, Vietnamese
  • 11 - 15 February 2019: Auslan
  • 11 - 15 March 2019: Mandarin, Cantonese, Hazaragi
  • 13 - 17 May 2019: Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
  • 9 - 13 September 2019: French, German, Greek, Turkish

During the following period, we anticipate testing the following languages:
Croatian, Dari, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sinhalese, Urdu

  • 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.