Transition is the process where practitioners who hold Accreditation or Recognition in the pre-2018 Accreditation system can apply for their credential to be awarded under the new Certification System.

The Member government owners of NAATI have endorsed NAATI’s Certification System. Read the Joint Statement of Endorsement. 

Transition applications will close 31 December 2019.

Transition Application Form

Interpreters who need evidence of completing training in chuchotage

This list of NAATI Approved Course units are suitable options for evidence of an interpreter training in chuchotage. 


You can only transition current (meaning unexpired) accreditations and recognitions.

There are slightly different requirements depending on:

  • the type of accreditation or recognition you hold
  • whether you have been participating in revalidation of your accreditation or recognition credential.

Revalidation has now become recertification.

Our Transition wizard can help you work out what you will need to do (per credential).

Transition applications received after 1 July 2018 will require you to pay a $121 application fee. (Applications submitted before 1 July 2018 were free).

NAATI will invoice you after you have submitted your application. You will not need to record payment details on your application form.

No Transition applications will be accepted after 31 December 2019.

Recertification (the replacement for Revalidation) is a universal requirement under the new system. NAATI will advise each practitioner of their new credential expiry date when we confirm your successful transition.

New credential expiry dates will be determined on a case-by-case basis. 

  • Practitioners who transition who have not been part of the revalidation system will recertify 2.5 to 3.5 years from the date of certification
  • Practitioners who have revalidated their credential previously will recertify around their current revalidation date
  • Practitioners who transition and have not revalidated their credential before will recertify around their current revalidation date.

For individuals who gain certification through the new system rather than transition, your new credential expiry date will be three years from the date of certification.

All practitioners who successfully transition will receive (at no additional cost):

  • A new NAATI practitioner number to uniquely identify your credential. Your existing NAATI number will become your customer number.
  • Access to an eLogbook to record work practice and professional development activities for recertification 
  • Automatic listing on the online directory (including limited details of accreditation history) 
  • Newly designed products of your choice (including ID cards and Translator Stamps).

Once you are part of the certification system, all of the products and services listed above are included (at no additional cost) as part of each successful recertification.

If you are a practitioner (i.e. a spoken language professional-level interpreter) that needs to complete the chuchotage professional development session as part of your transition, please submit your transition application form as soon as possible.

You do not need to complete a professional development session prior to submitting your application.

NAATI has worked with AUSIT to develop a professional development activity in chuchotage, that meets the requirement to transition  Professional Level Accreditation to Certified Interpreter status. 

NAATI is aware of other chuchotage training courses but has not as yet reviewed the material and therefore not endorsed any provider other than AUSIT for this purpose.

NAATI will consider a request from other organisations but only the workshop delivered by AUSIT has been funded and formally approved by NAATI.

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Still have questions or are unsure? Email info@naati.com.au