Translator and Interpreter Certification

Certification is offered by a number of agencies. For example, federal and many state court systems will certify interpreters who pass the required examinations. Some agencies such as the FBI and the U.S. State Department have developed their own qualification programs to determine the eligibility of candidates to work for these agencies. Some translators and interpreters have been certified by non-U.S. agencies.

The American Translators Association (ATA) awards certification to members of that association who have successfully passed a written examination in a specified language combination. The association also offers verification of professional competency of its members by a peer review process. ATA does not offer certification in interpreting.

Click here to learn more about the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Interpreter Certification Program.

Click here to learn more about the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters.

Click here to link to the education page of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA).