The addition of new language combinations to ATA’s Certification Program is supported and encouraged by ATA’s Board of Directors, Certification Committee members, and ATA Headquarters staff when there is evidence that offering certification in a new language combination will attract a sufficient and sustained flow of candidates and an adequate pool of graders. The majority of the work required to add a language combination is done by the members of the workgroup who desire testing in that combination. The role of the committee and Headquarters staff is to provide guidance, information, and oversight to facilitate the process. (Headquarters staff is unable to take on routine administrative tasks related to the establishment of a new language.)
Since this work is done by volunteers, it is important to be aware of the time and effort that will be required in order to establish a new language combination in ATA’s Certification Program. The process normally takes four years and requires a dedicated and knowledgeable workgroup. Please note that the costs of establishing a new language pair cannot be covered or reimbursed by ATA (this includes photocopying, postage, long distance telephone calls, as well as travel expenses for attending meetings or grader training). Some grader training expenses are reimbursable upon formal introduction of the new language pair in ATA’s Certification Program.
The following is the revised procedure for adding a new language combination for testing. This revision applies only to workgroups begun after the date of its approval (May 2008). Workgroups that have completed Step 3 before the date of approval of this revision will follow the procedure specified in the revision of August 2004.
Note that the steps marked with **indicate the points where documentation needs to be provided to the Certification Program manager.
Grader Workgroup Development