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Certification Exam Education/Experience Eligibility Form

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Certification Exam Education/Experience Eligibility Form

Name: ________________________ Member Number: _________

Address: ______________________________________________

City/State/Zip/Postal Code: _______________________________

Country: ______________________________________________

Phone:____________________ Fax: ________________________

Email: :________________________________________________


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Important Information: You must be a member of ATA in order to complete this form.

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.

CHECK ONE:  
ATA Translators and interpreters currently accredited or certified by a member association of the Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs:  
  • Proof of such accreditation or certification.
 
   
ATA 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.)
 
   
ATA 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.
 
   
ATA 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.
 
     
ATA 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.)
  • Proof of both test scores (if test is not available in the required foreign language, then the English test score alone will be sufficient)
 

Ethics

Acknowledgment of the American Translators Association Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

We the members of the American Translators Association accept as our ethical and professional duty

  1. to convey meaning between people and cultures faithfully, accurately, and impartially;

  2. to hold in confidence any privileged and/or confidential information entrusted to us in the course of our work;

  3. to represent our qualifications, capabilities, and responsibilities honestly and to work always within them;

  4. to enhance those capabilities at every opportunity through continuing education in language, subject field, and professional practice;

  5. to act collegially by sharing knowledge and experience;

  6. to define in advance by mutual agreement, and to abide by, the terms of all business transactions among ourselves and with others;

  7. to ask for and offer due recognition of our work, and compensation commensurate with our abilities; and

  8. to endeavor in good faith to resolve among ourselves any dispute that arises from our professional interactions,

mindful that failure to abide by these principles may harm ourselves, our fellow members, the Association, or those we serve.

As approved by the ATA Board of Directors October 2010

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Rules for Using the Credential

Upon receiving notice of passing the exam, translators may refer to the credential on their résumés, business stationery, cards, websites, and other related materials, provided they specify the language pairs(s) and direction(s), i.e. Spanish into English or Spanish>English.

Accuracy of Information Provided

ATA reserves the right to verify the information provided and request additional information as needed. If a discrepancy arises, ATA will ask the candidate for a written explanation. If no written explanation is provided or the explanation is found to be unsatisfactory, ATA reserves the right to ban the candidate from re-applying for up two years. These matters will be conducted in complete confidence and in complete respect for the candidate's privacy and rights. More serious violations will be referred to the ATA Ethics Committee.

I pledge to abide by American Translators Association Code of Ethics and Professional Practice and the rules for using the credential, if granted, and I certify that the information submitted is accurate.

___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________
Signature: Print Name: Date:
This form must be read and signed by the candidate prior to taking the examination.
Total Processing Fee: $35.00
Check/Money Order: Please make payable, through a US bank in US funds, to American Translators Association
ATACredit Card: Charge my ATA American Express ATA VISA ATA MasterCardATA Discover
   
Card No ___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/___/
       
Expiration Date: ________________________ Verification Code _____________________________
       
Signature: _________________________ Name on Card: _____________________________

Please fax or mail to:

American Translators Association
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 590
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 683-6100
Fax: (703) 683-6122
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