NAATI – National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters is a non-government standards body that sets, maintains and promotes high professional quality assurance standards for those who seek to work as translators and interpreters in Australia.
This body frames schemes for certification, maintenance and promotion of translators and interpreters for organizations and markets that benefits from its NAATI services.
They provide certification for translators and interpreters.
The NAATI accreditation plays an important role as it sets the bar for employers seeking translators and interpreters.
The NAATI certification is a proof that translators and interpreters demonstrate an ability to meet high quality professional standards.
WHY DO A NAATI PROGRAM?
Due to increased diversity and influx from around the world, there has been a growing demand for foreign languages, which has in turn created a host of job opportunities in the Australian market. NAATI currently offers accreditations for more than 60 languages. The NAATI Accreditation scheme caters to employers and organisations where the services of translators and interpreters are in high demand. In fact, NAATI accreditation is one of the best ways to enhance professional skills and offer high quality services to various organisations. Additionally, and more importantly, an individual with NAATI accreditation is awarded 5 (five) bonus points under Credentialed Community Language (CCL) points at the Paraprofessional level or above.
There are four ways to gain NAATI accreditation:
Sitting a NAATI assessment test
Passing a NAATI approved course
Providing evidence of a tertiary translating and interpreting qualification gained overseas
Providing evidence of advanced standing or international professional memberships
TIPS TO HELP PREPARE FOR AND CLEAR A NAATI EXAM
If we go by the figures, only 10% to 12% people are able to pass the NAATI exam every year. There are instances where people take the NAATI exams more than once. Hence it is extremely important to prepare well and clear the exam successfully.
Another good way to prepare for the NAATI test is to take up a course or a program approved by NAATI in an Australian university. During the course or program, the student is guided and trained by experienced NAATI accredited professionals. This in turn, prepares the students for the toughest challenges of the NAATI Examinations.
STEPS TO OBTAIN A NAATI ACCREDITATION THROUGH APPROVED COURSE OR PROGRAM
Enrol into a course or program approved by NAATI in an Australian institution
Demonstrate a high level of performance in the course assessment
After course assessment, the institution will notify whether one is recommended by NAATI
Prepare application and supporting documentation and paperwork
Submit the application by post or in person
Pay the application fee, which normally takes 7 days to be processed. A notification from NAATI will be sent when the payment is processed.