Translator and Interpreter Certification

What is certification? What are the requirements for becoming a certified translator or interpreter? Who offers certification programs and tests? Who requires translators and interpreters to be certified? Who can I (or can’t I) work for if I am not certified? What are the benefits, or what is the added value, of becoming certified? These are the types of questions we ask ourselves as translators and interpreters.

Not having taken a certification exam does not mean you cannot work as a translator or interpreter. However, having taken a certification exam greatly increases the number of companies, organizations, and agencies you may be able to work for in the USA and other countries, even while based in Bolivia. Most of the following websites are US-based, and certification standards and entities may differ in other countries. Even so, they provide great insight on this issue.

General Information on Certification

What Does it Mean to be a Certified Interpreter in the US?

11 Steps to Becoming a Professional Translator or Interpreter

Translation Credentials: What are They and Do You Need Them?

Professional Certification: What is it? Do I need it? How do I get it?

Becoming a Certified Interpreter and Preparing for Certification Exams

Entities that Certify Translators and Interpreters

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters

National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators

American Translators Association

National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare

Getting Certified as a Judiciary Interpreter

Becoming a Certified Interpreter and Preparing for Certification Exams

Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination

Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters

National Center for State Courts – State Interpreter Certification

Translator and Interpreter Training and Credentialing Programs

28 U.S. Code § 1827 - Interpreters in courts of the United States

Federal and Local Government Interpreter Certification Programs

Medical Interpreter Training Program


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