The New Zealand Government has embarked on a project to improve the quality and consistency of the interpreting services provided to people who need to use interpreters so they can interact effectively with the New Zealand Government. 

The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has engaged NAATI for the use of NAATI standards and the NAATI Certification System. From 1 July 2024, NAATI certification will be a prerequisite for working as a community language interpreter in the New Zealand public sector. More information about this project can be found on the MBIE website

New Zealand interpreters wishing to gain a NAATI certification before 1 July 2024 should register their details by filling in the form below.

NAATI will share this information with MBIE to assess each person’s eligibility to access support under the New Zealand funding and support package. This will include confirming your New Zealand citizenship or residency. Registered interpreters will be provided with an entitlement note from MBIE advising which courses or certification test they will be fully or partially funded for, if they decide to apply for a NAATI credential. 

Following registration, registered interpreters will need to complete the mandatory induction course for New Zealand interpreters before being eligible to apply for a NAATI credential. This induction course will be available from 1 September 2021. Registered interpreters will be automatically enrolled through NAATI’s Learning Management System.