To support the ongoing professionalism of the industry, any translator or interpreter wishing to maintain a NAATI credential after its three-year validity period must apply to NAATI to recertify.
Recertification enables NAATI-certified practitioners to demonstrate that they remain active in their work practice and professional development.
This provides assurance to the community that any current NAATI credentials are held by practicing professionals.
The recertification process is described in this flowchart:
If you wish to be recertified, you must do the following:
1. Demonstrate you have completed sufficient work practice and professional development.
2. Lodge a recertification application via your myNAATI account.
3. Pay the assessment fee.
Information on the recertification process, including the requirements, how to record your work practice and professional development and how to submit your application is detailed below. You should read this carefully. You might also find the answers to some frequently asked questions here useful.
If you still have questions after reading this webpage and the FAQs, please contact us at email@example.com and we will try to assist you.
NAATI sets out the minimum work practice and professional development criteria practitioners must meet to recertify their credential/s every three years to ensure that the standard of practitioners working in the translating and interpreting industry remains high. This enables NAATI-certified practitioners to demonstrate that they complete ongoing work practice and professional development, as is expected of any profession.
All practitioners wishing to recertify must meet the following criteria.
In addition to being a requirement for NAATI recertification, professional development is one of the principles of the AUSIT Code of Ethics (principle 8) and ASLIA Code of Ethics (principle 2.4) to which all NAATI-credentialed practitioners are bound.
NAATI has a professional development catalogue that explains the types of professional development activities and points you can claim to meet the recertification requirements. The catalogue was developed in partnership with AUSIT, ASLIA and Professionals Australia and is divided into three categories:
Professional development isn’t just about completing formal paid courses or attending conferences. Did you know you can claim points for things like maintaining a membership with a professional association (such as AUSIT or ASLIA), mentoring new practitioners, attending networking events or even spending time in a country where your LOTE is the primary language spoken? We also allow practitioners to nominate additional activities which aren’t already listed in the catalogue.
Click the below image to view the professional development catalogue.
NAATI provides an online logbook for you to record your work practice and professional development through your myNAATI account, or you can keep a manual logbook which you can attach directly to the application form. Once you have recorded all of your work practice and professional development, you can submit your recertification application from the myNAATI homepage. More details on how to apply are below under Submitting your application.
Professional development is recorded in the “Professional Development” section of your logbook. Work practice is recorded against each of your credentials separately, if you hold more than one. To record work practice, select the credential from your logbook that the work practice relates to.
It is up to you how you fill out your logbook, as long as there is enough information to support NAATI in assessing your application. Some practitioners with heavy workloads choose to record a monthly or weekly total rather than logging individual jobs.
All work practice and professional development included in your recertification application must be dated within the certification period. We can’t accept jobs or activities completed outside of your credential’s validity period.
You can add to your online logbook at any time after your credential is granted until you submit your recertification application. Each logbook entry will ask you to include:
If you are keeping a manual logbook, you should record similar details.
The webinar below provides a practical demonstration on how to fill out your online logbook.
We recommend that you attach supporting evidence to each professional development and work practice logbook entry (such as an attendance certificate, receipt of payment, booking receipt or a reference letter from your employer); however, this is optional. Uploading supporting evidence will assist NAATI in assessing your application.
Please take care to remove any identifying client information from your documentation before you upload it. Translators should not provide copies of translations you have completed as evidence, as this would go against the principle of confidentiality.
You may choose to include an employment contract or reference letter from your employer/s instead of making separate entries for every job. You can then create a single entry in your work practice logbook to cover the period of the contract or letter (such as the entire recertification period) and attach it as evidence.
Reference letters needs to be on an official letterhead and include:
NAATI will send you an automated email three months before the expiry of your credential/s to remind you to recertify. You can lodge a recertification application at any time from receiving this reminder until three months after the expiry of your credential/s.
Please note: Three months after your credential/s expire, the recertification application will no longer be available via myNAATI and you would need to apply again for NAATI certification, which may include sitting another test.
We recommend you apply before your credential expires to allow time for your new ID products (interpreter ID card or translator stamp) to be ordered and posted to you. Once you have been awarded a certification or have been recertified, you will receive your new products within 2-4 weeks if you are in Australia. Postage timeframes to overseas addresses will vary.
To submit your recertification application, you need to follow the steps outlined here:
Once you have completed the work practice and professional development sections of your logbook, you can submit your recertification application from the myNAATI homepage by selecting “Submit an Application”.
The application form will ask you to select which credentials you wish to recertify.
If your logbook is incomplete or you have kept a manual record and not entered any records in your myNAATI logbook, you will receive a warning message before submitting the application.
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your submission.
You will then receive a notification when your invoice is in your myNAATI portal (accessible through “My Invoices”). You can find the assessment fee here.
Your application will be processed once the invoice has been paid, and you will generally receive an outcome within the next 10 business days.
Every year, NAATI randomly audits a sample of practitioners who need to recertify. People who are audited are chosen at random and will have their recertification application and supporting evidence reviewed.
If your application is being audited and you have already completed your logbook correctly and uploaded supporting evidence, then no further action will need to be taken. If supporting evidence is not available as part of your recertification application for the auditor to look at, it will be requested from you.
Aurélie Sheehan, NAATI Manager Certification Policy and Development, discussed recertification in a Conversations podcast with All Graduates. It covers the most frequently asked questions, and you may find it useful in addition to reading the information on this page.
Key topics discussed:
Did you know that after watching this webinar, you can claim 10 professional development points under category 1.4?
* Please note: the recertification price mentioned in this video was correct at the time of filming. From 1 July 2021 the recertification fee returns to $198.