Screening Test Preparation Courses

Intercultural and ethical competencies are two essential skills that practitioners need to demonstrate, before they can be awarded NAATI certification as a translator or interpreter. 

Information on the screening tests for certification

Intercultural competency screening test
Ethical competency screening test

Intercultural competency refers to the areas of knowledge and skills required that allow translators and interpreters to identify culturally-specific information and appropriately reflect these in the target text or spoken language. This includes Cultural, historical and political knowledge and Sociolinguistic * skills.  Interpreters are required to interact with clients in a culturally appropriate manner. 

Ethical competency is an essential part of professionalism in all the relationships you have as a translator or interpreter, including obligations to clients, other stakeholders, and the quality of your your work. 

NAATI offers two self-directed online training courses for people wishing to prepare for the intercultural and ethical competency screening tests, and have been designed to help people prepare to sit the intercultural and ethical competency screening tests.

Enrolments for round three open on 06 May 2019

Your pathway to NAATI certification

Proving your intercultural and ethical competency is a mandatory prerequisite to access a NAATI certification test.

These prerequisites can be met by:

Pathway 1: sitting the intercultural and ethical competency screening tests or,
Pathway 2: completing a NAATI Endorsed Qualification (or an Approved Course under the pre-2018 system).
Pathway 3: completing the Interpreting or Translating Skills for NAATI Certification course, developed by TAFE SA and RMIT

The NAATI online test preparation courses are aimed at assisting people selecting pathway 1.

Each online course is intended to be self-directed with some oversight by a course tutor. Course tutors will be available to answer general questions (posted within the course) and provide assessment and activity feedback.

Although NAATI offers these online preparation courses, they are not a replacement for tertiary qualifications and it is not compulsory to complete them. Completing these courses (on their own) will not be enough to satisfy the training requirements to access certification testing.

The courses are delivered over a six-week learning period. You must complete all the activities before the learning period closes.

You can choose to do one or both courses at the same time. Each course should take about 10 – 15 hours to complete and you must complete each one within the six-week period from the start date.


Each six week period is called a round. The cost of accessing the learning platform is $308 for each round. That means that if you complete both courses in one round, the total cost is $308. If you need longer, you will have to enrol in another round.


Round 3  for 2019 opens for enrolments on 06 May 2019

Course Round

Enrolments Open

Enrolments Close

Start Date

End Date

Max. no.
of places


7 Jan 2019

21 Jan 2019

14 Jan 2019

18 Feb 2019



25 Feb 2019

11 Mar 2019

4 Mar 2019

8 Apr 2019 



6 May 2019

19 May 2019 

13 May 2019

17 Jun 2019 



2 Sep 2019

16 Sep 2019

9 Sep 2019 

14 Oct 2019



04 Nov 2019

18 Nov 2019

11 Nov 2018

16 Dec 2019


Enrolments will close 14 days after each course starts. If you enrol after a course has started, you will not receive extra time to complete it.

What will be required to complete each course?

Each course is self-directed with some oversight by a course instructor. In order to complete the course, you need to:

  1. Go through the core content of each unit (known as a 'Module')
  2. Complete the compulsory assessment and activity tasks
  3. Pass the end of course practice exam to gain a certificate of course completion.

* Sociolinguistics aims to study the effects of language use within and upon societies,  including cultural norms, expectations and context. on the way language is used, and society's effect on language.

Published: 24/01/2019