The ATA Certification Program’s mission is to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify translators who demonstrate professional level translation skills. The program was established in 1973. The ATA certification examination tests for professional translation skills. It is designed to determine whether a candidate is able to produce a translation that is professionally usable within the framework provided by the instructions.
Each year, CTA hosts a sitting for the ATA certification exam during its annual conference in May. Candidates must join ATA at least four weeks prior to the exam date, but do not need to be CTA members. All candidates not currently ATA certified must meet ATA’s eligibility requirements in order to register for the ATA certification exam. Sittings have a maximum capacity and admission is based on the order in which registrations are received at ATA headquarters.
To prepare for the exam, candidates are encouraged to take a practice test. Translating a typical passage and studying a grader’s feedback is helpful preparation for taking the examination.
There are no exams scheduled in Colorado at this time
For exam sittings across the country, please check the upcoming exams on the ATA website.
Questions? Please contact the ATA Certification Program Manager.
*Additional exam sittings will be scheduled each year. They will be posted as they are confirmed.