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Certified Interpreter (Auslan)

NAATI’s Certified Interpreter (Auslan) test is an objective assessment of the skills and competencies needed to practice as an interpreter in Australia.

Delivery mode

In person

Test fee







The Certified Interpreter test is a higher level generalist interpreting test. Certified Interpreters can work with complex but non-specialised content in most situations.

The tasks that will be assessed by NAATI include dialogue interpreting, sight translation of documents from written English into Auslan, and simultaneous interpreting monologues.

See also: Certified Interpreter (Spoken languages).

Information for applicants

Before sitting the Certified Interpreter test with NAATI, you need to meet certain prerequisites.

Prerequisite pathway options

There are four prerequisite pathways outlined below which explain your options.

The pathway you choose will determine what documents or evidence you need to supply with your application to NAATI, and whether you need to sit any screening tests.

When you are ready to apply, go to the ‘Apply, reschedule or cancel‘ tab for important information.

  • Completed (graduated or eligible to graduate) a NAATI endorsed interpreting qualification no more than three years before applying – Advanced Diploma or higher (AQF [Australian Qualifications Framework] level 6 or comparable).
What do you need to do next?

If you meet all the requirements for this pathway, you can apply to NAATI to sit the Certified Interpreter test.

You have already met the prerequisite requirements. If your application is complete, you will be made eligible to select a date and pay for the test.

Finding an Endorsed Qualification to complete
You can find the full list of NAATI Endorsed Qualifications here. If you want to complete one but haven’t yet, you can apply directly to your institution of choice. Once you have completed it, come back to apply to NAATI to sit the test.

  • Completed (graduated or eligible to graduate) a non-NAATI endorsed interpreting qualification – Advanced Diploma or higher (AQF level 6 or comparable), or an Endorsed Qualification more than three years before applying.
  • Met NAATI’s standard for language competency, ethical competency and intercultural competency. This may include sitting a test with NAATI.
What do you need to do next?

If you meet all the requirements for this pathway, you can apply to NAATI to sit the test.

As your qualification was not endorsed by NAATI, you will need to submit evidence of your English proficiency with your application. Read the requirements here.

Meeting the ethical and intercultural competency prerequisites
We will assess your application (including the subjects that you studied) to determine whether you have met the ethical and intercultural competency prerequisite requirements. If not, we will let you know and will invite you to sit the Ethical Competency and/or Intercultural Competency test/s in addition to the Certified Interpreter test.

  • Holds a Certified Interpreter, Certified Specialist Interpreter or Certified Conference Interpreter credential in another language combination.
What do you need to do next?

If you meet all the requirements for this pathway, you can apply to NAATI to sit the Certified Interpreter test. In your myNAATI account, you will select the ‘Additional certifications’ application form.

If your application is complete, you will be made eligible to select a test date for the Certified Interpreter test.

  • Holds Certified Provisional Interpreter credential in the same language combination.
  • Evidence of at least two years’ interpreting work experience in the language combination.
  • Completed professional development activities to support advanced practice.
What do you need to do next?

If you meet all the requirements for this pathway, you can apply to NAATI to sit the Certified Interpreter test.

In your myNAATI account, you will select the ‘Additional certifications’ application form. You will need to provide evidence of recent interpreting work and professional development with your application.

You have already met the prerequisite requirements. If your application is complete, you will be made eligible to select a test date.

About the test

The Certified Auslan Interpreter test is delivered in person and involves five tasks. The tasks will involve different situations from different domains, including at least one from the health domain and one from the legal domain. 

Two dialogue tasks

  • Two face-to-face dialogue tasks (simultaneous interpreting) 
One sight translation
  • One sight translation into Auslan – related to , and immediately after, the second dialogue task
Two monologue tasks 
  • One simultaneous monologue into Auslan 
  • One simultaneous monologue into English 

Tests in each language are run every 6 months. You can search for upcoming test dates here.

Read the detailed candidate instructions under the ‘Prepare for your test‘ tab. You can refer to our glossary of certification terms for any terms you don’t understand.

Test assessment & results

At least 2 NAATI examiners will independently assess your performance in the test. They will assess each task separately, using assessment rubrics with 5 bands (with Band 1 representing the highest level of performance and Band 5 the lowest). Your task performance will be marked against each criterion, which are the same for all task types, as outlined below.

For each task, NAATI examiners will assess your:

  • Transfer competency: Meaning transfer skill, Application of interpreting mode, and Rhetorical skill.
  • Language competency: Language proficiency enabling meaning transfer into the target language.

Refer to our language policy to understand how the examiners will assess your use of language in your test.

You need to achieve at least Band 2 for each criterion, and you must pass all eight tasks to pass the test.

You can read the assessment rubrics here.

NAATI aims to issue results within 8-10 weeks of the test date. We will issue results as they are finalised, so some candidates will receive their results earlier than others even if they sit the test on the same day.

If you have already passed any prerequisite screening tests (Ethical Competency and/or Intercultural Competency), we will issue your credential if you pass this test.

You must attempt all five tasks and pass at least three to be eligible for a supplementary test. You must apply for the supplementary test from your myNAATI account within 30 days of receiving your test results. The supplementary test will involve re-sitting only the failed task, but on a different topic.

If you pass the supplementary test, NAATI will award you the Certified Interpreter credential. If you fail the supplementary test, you will fail the overall Certified Interpreter test. You can apply for another Certified Interpreter test with NAATI if you want to sit the test again.

If you fail the test, but pass both dialogue tasks and the monologue into Auslan task, NAATI will award you a Certified Provisional Interpreter credential if you don’t already hold one.

How to apply

To apply for the CI test, you will need to create an account in our customer portal, myNAATI, and submit your application from there.

Please make sure you have read and understood the Terms and Conditions before applying for this test.

Step one: Create a myNAATI account and submit an application.

Step two: You will receive an email once your application is processed by NAATI (generally within a week).

Step three: Select a test date and pay the test fee.

Applications for certification have to be submitted via our customer portal, myNAATI. If you have not yet created an account, please view our ‘How to register a myNAATI account’ guide.

Once logged in to myNAATI navigate to the ‘Submit an application’ icon on the homepage, then to your chosen credential. If you already hold a NAATI credential, you will select the ‘Additional certifications‘ icon instead.

Follow the prompts to complete your application, and then submit your application. If you have submitted successfully, you will receive a confirmation email. Add info@naati.com.au to your safe senders list to make sure you receive updates about your application.

Once NAATI has assessed your application, you will be contacted to let you know what will happen next. This will usually happen within a week of applying.

The team at NAATI will let you know if you need to submit more information, such as evidence of English Proficiency, or if you need to sit an Ethical Competency or Intercultural Competency test with NAATI (for an additional fee).

If your application is complete and you have met all of the prerequisite requirements, you will be made eligible to select a test date.

Once you have been made eligible to select a test date, log into your myNAATI account again to select a test date. myNAATI will display the available test dates. If none are available, email us at info@naati.com.au.

When you select a test date, you will be required to pay the test fee.

Test fee summary

  • Test fee $990 AUD

    Each direction

  • Cancellation See below
  • Supplementary test $220 AUD

    Conditions apply: See Test details & assessment tab

  • Review of test results $275 AUD

Rescheduling or cancelling your test

  • There is no cost to reschedule.
  • Candidates are able to reschedule their own tests up to (and including) 15 days prior to test date via their myNAATI account. You will need to reject your test session in myNAATI and then select another test date.
  • For rescheduling of tests between 8 and 14 days candidates are required to contact info@naati.com.au.
  • Rescheduling is not possible within 7 days of the test and is considered a cancellation.

Please note: Rejecting a test session means that you will lose your place in that test session, and it may be quickly booked by another candidate. There is no guarantee you will be able to select the same test date again once you have rejected it.

It is not possible to reschedule a test within 7 days of the test session unless the candidate provides evidence of hospital admission, serious injury or an accident. This is because we “lock in” the test sessions to enable planning and preparation.

If you have been admitted to hospital, or suffered a serious injury or accident, you must provide evidence to info@naati.com.au by 8am (AET) on the test day at the very latest. The medical certificate or hospital admission must state the nature of the illness.

If your test is within the next 7 days and you can no longer attend for another reason, you will need to cancel your application (see below) and apply again. 

Please follow the instructions below if you want to cancel your test.

If you decide to sit the test at a later date after cancelling your initial application, you will need to submit a new application. This will include selecting a new test session and paying the full test fee.

If your test is more than 14 days away 
  • You will be eligible for a refund of 75% of your test fee if you cancel a test more than 14 days before the test date.
  • Follow the instructions on applying for a refund through your myNAATI account.
If your test is within the next 14 days 
  • To cancel a test scheduled within the next 14 days, you must email us at info@naati.com.au with your customer number so that we can cancel your test for you. You cannot reject your own test session in myNAATI if your test is scheduled within the next 14 days.
  • You will not receive a refund if you cancel a test within 14 days.

If you do not attend your test on your scheduled test date, this is considered a cancellation and no fees will be refunded.

Candidate instructions

All applicants are required to read the candidate instructions in full before the test. They detail the steps you need to take before your test day, what happens on test day, and how to get support.

Practice test

NAATI has developed test preparation modules to help you get ready for your test. These modules are available through NAATI Learn, and anyone can access them for free. 

They provide you with: 

  • Access to the NAATI testing platform 
  • Practice materials in a range of languages other than English 
  • Practice materials in English  
  • Self-assessment tools 

To access the preparation module, click here. You don’t need to create an account. Just select the CI Preparation Module from the dashboard.

These materials are ©National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (2023) and cannot be reproduced without the written permission of NAATI. 


If you need help, email us at any time at info@naati.com.au.

Useful resources

Frequent questions

Frequent questions

Download the handy CI Auslan test factsheet as a PDF or view the answers to some of our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Next steps

Next steps

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