NAATI understands that some aspiring practitioners may find it difficult to access formal training in translating and/or interpreting, due to their language or location. To allow these individuals the opportunity to satisfy the training requirement for NAATI certification testing and Recognised Practising credentials, NAATI offers an alternative pathway.

This pathway involves the completion of a Skill Set consisting of certain AQF units that provide foundational training in translation and interpreting and is generally taught in mixed-language cohorts.

Although this Skill Set meets the training pre-requisites for testing in all languages, NAATI’s strong recommendation is to complete a full course where available to best prepare for Certification testing.

  • Build glossaries for translating and interpreting assignments (PSPTIS002) – compulsory
  • Prepare to translate and interpret (PSPTIS003) – compulsory
  • Apply codes and standards to ethical practice (PSPTIS001) – compulsory
  • Manage discourses in general settings (PSPTIS042) – interpreting only
  • Read and analyse special purpose English texts to be translated (PSPTIS064) – translating only


Individuals who complete the units at the following institutions will satisfy the Training, English proficiency, Ethical and Intercultural Competency prerequisites for Recognised Practising Interpreter/Certified Provisional Interpreter, and Recognised Practising Translator/Certified Translator:

  • RMIT University – translating and interpreting (available online or face-to-face in Melbourne)
  • TAFE SA – translating and interpreting (available online or face-to-face in Adelaide)
  • Babel International College – interpreting only (available face-to-face in Perth)


Individuals who complete the units at the following institutions will satisfy the Training and Ethical Competency prerequisite for Recognised Practising Interpreter/Certified Provisional Interpreter, and Recognised Practising Translator/Certified Translator. Further prerequisites for Intercultural Competency and English proficiency will need to be completed separately.