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Finding a translator or interpreter

NAATI does not provide interpreting or translating services. Our role is to assess and test candidates, and award Australian translating and interpreting credentials.

NAATI provides an online directory of translators and interpreters who wish to be contacted about professional work. This lists the contact details of practitioners and the type (or types) of credential they hold.

Only NAATI certified translators or interpreters appear in the online directory.

Do you need a translator or an interpreter?

A translator will translate your important documents into English. Australia Government departments and other institutions often require translated copies of documents.

An interpreter works in spoken or signed languages. They often work in community, health or legal settings.

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Online directory of practitioners

Use the directory to search for an interpreter or translator in any particular language.

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Use the filters to select the type of certification (translator or interpreter), and/or location (by state or postcode) to select an interpreter or translator who might be suitable for your needs.

You can select a practitioner to see their current credentials and contact details.

Translators and interpreters are responsible for their own listing on the directory. 

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What do the certification types mean?

Translating

Certified includes Certified Translator and Certified Advanced Translator. These credentials are for languages where NAATI directly tests translating competence, as well as ethics and intercultural competency. .

Recognised Practicing Translator is for languages that are emerging or in low demand. NAATI directly assesses language competency (English), intercultural and ethical competency, but is only able to indirectly confirm other competencies through work experience.

Interpreting

Certified includes Certified Provisional Interpreter, Certified Interpreter, Certified Specialist Interpreter (available for Health and Legal) and Certified Conference Interpreter.

Recognised Practicing Interpreter is for languages that are emerging or in low demand. NAATI directly assesses language competency (English), intercultural and ethical competency, but is only able to indirectly confirm other competencies through work experience.

Links and More information 

Becoming a NAATI certified interpreter or translator and the certification system


Published: 11/04/2018