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Certified Translator

A translator transfers a written message from one language into a written message in another language, for the purpose of communication between a writer and reader who do not share the same language.

Translators work with documents from certain typical domains and types, depending on the certification they hold.

NAATI’s Certified Translator test is an objective assessment of the skills and competencies needed to practice as a translator in Australia.

Learn more about the different certification types.

Apply for certification

If you are applying for additional certifications, you'll need to log into myNAATI to make your application.

If this is your first NAATI certification: 
Apply for 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

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. 

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

  • 3 - 7 June 2019: Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Turkish
  • 8 - 11 July 2019: (NZ Only): Chinese, Japanese, Persian, Spanish, Russian,
  • 29 July - 2 August 2019: Arabic, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Turkish
  • 23 - 27 September 2019: Croatian, Dari, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sinhalese, Urdu
  • 7 - 11 October 2019: Chinese, Spanish

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.