Due to increased diversity, there has been a growing demand for foreign languages, which has, in turn, created a host of job opportunities in the Australian market. People who are fluent in more than one language can become registered as professional interpreters and/or translators through NAATI.
NAATI- National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters is a non-government standard body that is responsible for setting and maintaining high standards for translators and interpreters in Australia.
Its mission, as aforementioned, is to promote and ensure high professional quality assurance standards in translating and interpreting. This further enables the existence of a pool of accredited translators and interpreters who demonstrate an ability to meet the changing needs and demography of the Australian community.
Why do you need a National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Program
NAATI is the only organization authorized by every state of Australia that frames schemes for certifications for translators and interpreters willing to provide professional language services in Australia. Having NAATI certification provides quality assurance to the customers of translators and interpreting services and gives credibility to agencies that deal with certified practitioners.
Additionally, an individual with a NAATI certification is awarded 5 (five) bonus points under Credentialed Community Language (CCL) points at the Paraprofessional level or above.
Ways to acquire 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
Every year, only 10-12% of the people can pass the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters exam. Such low figures highlight the importance of being well-prepared to clear the exam successfully.
Another good way to prepare for this exam is to take up a course or a program approved by NAATI in an Australian university. During the course, the student will be guided and trained by experienced NAATI accredited professionals. Doing so prepares the students for the toughest challenges of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Examinations.