A “passport”, a guarantee, a Code of Ethics
Associated Translators and Linguists recommends that all professional interpreters and translators strongly consider undertaking the exams for accreditation or recognition offered by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
If you are interested in working as a T&I specialist, said accreditation or recognition will open avenues of work for you. Courts of every jurisdiction (Criminal, Civil, Family etc.) prefer and will only employ interpreters with NAATI accreditation. The same is true for government departments (such as the Motor Accident’s Authority and Legal Aid), most law firms, medico-legal assessments and administrative matters.
One of the reasons these organisations will work only with NAATI-accredited professionals is that they feel reassured by an excellent level of quality in verbal translation. Knowing that the T&I language professional has sat a rigorous testing procedure puts users of our service at ease. They know they do not have to be wary or worry about whether what they are hearing from the interpreter is a tainted or manipulated version of what the non-English speaker has said.
One of the reasons these organisations will only work with NAATI-accredited professionals is that they know they are guaranteed an excellent level of quality in interpreting and translation. Knowing that the T&I language professional has completed a rigorous testing procedure puts users of our service at ease. They know they can be confident that what they are hearing is an accurate and unbiased account of what the non-English speaker has said.
The preference for NAATI-accredited practitioners is also true for translators. Many government departments (including the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the NSW Public Trustee) and foreign consulates will only accept the translation of documents undertaken by NAATI-accredited or NAATI-recognised translators.
GET MORE INFORMATION
If you would like to know what is included in the T&I Code of Ethics please feel free to visit http://ausit.org/ausit/about/ethics___conduct/code_of_ethics/ausit/about/code_of_ethics.aspx?hkey=fe40bef6-0e08-4958-a59d-87f3729517b3
If you would like more information on NAATI’s testing procedures do not hesitate to visit http://www.naati.com.au/home_page.html and click on ‘Credentialing’. Visiting http://www.naati.com.au/testing.html will provide you with details on testing of various languages. However if you have any queries about any aspect of the services provided by NAATI do not hesitate to contact them directly by calling their National Office on (02) 6260 3035.