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Certified Translator

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

Commensurate with the level of certification, translators work with documents from certain typical domains and types.

Click here to learn more.  

Certification application form (no existing NAATI certification) 》

Additional credentials application form (existing NAATI certification) 》

There are five pathways to become eligible to sit a Certified Translator 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. 

There are separate tests for LOTE into English and English into LOTE certification.

The Certified Translator certification test involves completing three tasks:

  • Two translations of a non-specialised text (you will translate two texts from a choice of three)
  • One revision of a non-specialised translation

Each test task will be on a different topic from a different domain. 

Time allowed: 3.5 hours

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

NAATI has developed a series of examples of test task types to help you prepare for the test. Use the links below to download them:

These materials are © National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd and cannot be reproduced without the permission of NAATI. 

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 Translator tests between the following dates:

  • 25 February - 1 March 2019:  Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese
  • 3 - 7 June 2019: Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Turkish
  • 29 July - 2 August 2019: Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Turkish
  • 23 - 27 September 2019: Croatian, Dari, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sinhalese, Urdu

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 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.

Invitations are emailed to eligible candidates 14 weeks before the scheduled test session and payment must be received with 7 days of this email. Late payments will not be accepted.