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Exam Eligibility Requirements

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ATA Certification Exam Eligibility Requirements

Please indicate which route you are taking to meet the education/experience prerequisites for the ATA certification exam. Then submit this form, along with all the appropriate documentation, the signed Code of Ethics form, and the $35 processing fee, to the address below. This fee is non-refundable whether or not your application is approved. All material submitted in a foreign language must be accompanied by a translation in English.

Before you can apply for eligibility, you must be an ATA member. If you are not a member, please visit: http://www.atanet.org/membership/join_now.php

You must meet one of the five criteria listed below:
 
     
  Translators and interpreters currently accredited or certified by a member association of the Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs:  
  • Proof of such accreditation or certification.
 
   
  Translators and interpreters with an approved T&I degree/certificate.  
  • Proof of degree/certificate from approved T&I program (must be from the list approved by the ATA Education and Pedagogy Committee.)
 
   
  Translators and interpreters with a bachelor’s degree or higher:
 
  • Proof of a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree (in any field) and
  • Evidence of at least two years' work as a translator or interpreter, which may include either of the following:
    - Letters of reference from clients or supervisors showing two years' work experience; or
    - Copies of records of business activity such as Schedule C tax forms, corporate tax returns, 1099s, invoices, or work orders.
 
   
  Translators or interpreters with less than a bachelor's degree:  
  • Evidence of at least five years' work as a translator or interpreter, which may include either of the following:
    - Letters of reference from clients or supervisors showing five years' work experience; or
    - Copies of records of business activity such as Schedule C tax forms, corporate tax returns, 1099s, invoices, or work orders.
 
     
  Provide an official American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) reading proficiency test score for the source language AND an official ACTFL writing proficiency test score in the target language. (ATA recommends that candidates achieve a score of at least ‘Advanced Low’ on the ACTFL scale (equivalent to ‘2’ on the ILR scale) before attempting the ATA certification examination.)