National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI)

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NAATI is recognised in Australia as an assessing authority for translators and interpreters.

NAATI, the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters, is a recognised authority in Australia for accrediting professionals in the field of translation and interpretation. It plays a crucial role in maintaining standards by certifying individuals’ language proficiency and skills, ensuring quality in language services across various sectors. NAATI’s accreditation is widely recognised, making it an essential entity for those seeking recognition and credibility in the translation and interpretation industry in Australia.

NAATI certification

NAATI certification is a formal recognition of an individual's skills as a translator or interpreter, assessed against the established certification standards. To obtain this certification, individuals must undergo testing conducted by NAATI, selecting the credential that aligns with their skill level and training. 

It's important to note that Recognised Practising credentials are not eligible for the skills assessment. The certification received indicates suitability for the nominated occupation and typically has a validity period of three years, clearly specified in the assessment letter.

Overseas qualifications & skilled employment

Once you have obtained NAATI certification through a successful skills assessment, you can seek NAATI's opinion on:

  1. Determining the Australian equivalent qualification level for your overseas translating or interpreting qualification.
  2. Evaluating your verifiable skilled employment as a translator or interpreter within the last ten years.

Points for Educational Qualifications:

  1. Doctorate Degree (generally 20 points)
  2. Bachelor or Masters Degree (generally 15 points)
  3. Australian diploma or trade qualification (generally 10 points)
  4. Other award or qualification recognized by NAATI (generally 10 points)
  5. Points for Skilled Employment (in the last ten years):
    • In Australia:
      • 5 points (1-3 years)
      • 10 points (3-5 years)
      • 15 points (5-8 years)
      • 20 points (8-10 years)
    • Overseas:
      • 5 points (3-5 years)
      • 10 points (5-8 years)
      • 15 points (8-10 years)

Combining Australian and overseas employment is possible, but a maximum of 20 points can be awarded. Skilled employment must involve at least 20 hours per week, as per the Department of Home Affairs requirements. NAATI can provide its opinion on skilled employment upon request during the skills assessment process.

Application Process

To apply for NAATI's assessment of your education qualification(s) and/or skilled employment, follow these steps:

  1. Obtain or hold a relevant NAATI certification credential.
  2. Complete the Assessment of Educational Qualifications and Skilled Employment form.
  3. Attach the required supporting documentation as outlined in the application form.
  4. Submit the completed application along with supporting documents to

Ensure you refer to the application form for specific details regarding the supporting documentation needed for a comprehensive submission.

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