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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.

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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:

  • Task Type A: Two translations of a non-specialised text (you will translate two texts from a choice of three)
  • Task Type B: 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. 

As part of preparing yourself for the revision of a non-specialised translation task, you should familiarise yourself with the error types that you may encounter in the text.

LOTE to English Tests

English to LOTE Tests

Please note that you will be provided with a copy of the relevant list as part of the test material. You should also read the candidate instructions for further information on how to use this document.

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 2017 – 2018 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

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

  • 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.