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Continuing Education Record

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Continuing Education Record

Purpose

  • Continuing Education (CE) is an integral aspect of ATA’s mission to help all certified translators (CTs) provide high quality translation and interpreting (T&I) services, demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the profession, and educate clients and the public about the T&I professions.
  • CE allows CTs to meet the requirements for maintaining their certification.
  • CE helps ensure that every CT is aware of changes within the T&I professions.
  • CE improves CTs’ combined knowledge and helps make the ATA a stronger association.
  • CE brings the ATA Certification program in line with credentials of other professional organizations.
  • CE enhances the prestige and recognition of ATA's certification program and of CTs.

Certification Maintenance Requirements & Reporting Period

ATA requires its CTs to accrue twenty (20) CE points in every three-year reporting period. The three-year reporting period begins when a translator first becomes certified, or immediately following the previous reporting period. CE points earned must be verifiable; continuing education that is not verifiable is not accepted for CE points. Two exceptions to the CE point requirements exist:

  1. CTs who are sixty (60) years of age or older are exempt from the processing fee but must continue to submit CE reports as long as they remain active professional translators.

Headquarters has the authority to extend the deadline for accruing CE points, upon request, for up to one year based upon extenuating circumstances such as long-term illness, undue hardship, military duty, etc. Additional one-year exceptions may be granted if required. Any points earned during such extension shall not count toward the next reporting period.

Ethics Module

All newly-certified CTs must complete during the first reporting period either the free online ATA Ethics Module, or the in-person Ethics Module offered at the ATA conference. The module need not be repeated in subsequent reporting periods. Ethics courses offered by third parties do not qualify. The ATA Ethics Module is equivalent to one (1) Category A CE point.

Activities Accepted for Continuing Education Points

Continuing Education points can be accrued in a variety of ways. Many activities reasonably deemed to be related to T&I are considered qualifying, including CE points earned from other T&I associations worldwide.  ATA will not authorize or approve specific continuing education courses offered by entities outside the T&I industry but will instead provide guidelines that the CT may consult in order to determine if a given activity meets the ATA requirements. Continuing education course work or activities must contribute to the professional knowledge and development of the T&I practitioner or must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the profession and client education through service and volunteerism.

Acceptable continuing education may include but is not limited to:

  • Attending T&I (or T&I-related specialty field or business practice) conferences, courses, seminars, and workshops offered or authorized by state, private, national, and international organizations; corporations; agencies; or institutions of higher learning, whether online (interactive) or on site.
  • Independent study of educational T&I audio or video, films, slides, Internet (including non-interactive online courses), or articles on T&I, T&I technology and business practices or the translator’s specialty fields published by recognized private, national, and international trade associations, corporations, or organizations.
  • Writing or editing books or articles on T&I.
  • Teaching or developing a T&I (or T&I-related) course, seminar, or workshop. Credit may be earned only for new presentations.
  • Provision of pro-bono T&I services, grader training, service in ATA School Outreach/Mentorship, or client education in a formal volunteer capacity. These volunteer services will not be considered if provided to an organization, association, or client of which the volunteer translator/interpreter is also a paid employee.
  • Membership in professional T&I and related associations other than ATA.

Repeating an identical continuing education opportunity does not earn additional CE credits.

Record keeping and Verification

The CT must accrue the required CE points in the three-year reporting period and is responsible for keeping a record of all CE activities and completing ATA's online CE reporting form.  ATA may randomly audit CE records within a period of one year after the conclusion of a reporting period. CTs will be given 30 days’ notice to provide documentation of their CE points to ATA headquarters. Records include conference attendance certificates, course completion letters, this Continuing Education and ATA Certification Maintenance Record, and the ATA Independent Study Verification document (see p. 8). Each self-directed activity must be substantiated by a report on the activity using the ATA Independent Study Verification form. Records are to be kept by the CT for a period of one year after the conclusion of a given reporting period and not sent to ATA unless requested by the Association in case of an audit.

Loss of Certification

A CT's certification will be rescinded if the appropriate CE requirements have not been reported by the deadline or extended deadline, as appropriate. ATA will remove any certifications from a member’s listings or profiles in the ATA online directories. CTs whose certification has been rescinded may not use the designation “ATA-Certified,” “Certified by the American Translators Association,” or the professional designation “CT” after the translator’s name until they complete the outstanding CE requirements.  Loss of certification does not affect a person’s membership status. Once a translator has lost certification, ATA will inform him/her of the process required to reinstate his/her ATA certification. CTs who have lost their certification will be encouraged to reinstate their certification as long as they are still active in the profession.

 

Category A:      

Whether on site or online, attending conferences, courses, workshops, and seminars on T&I (or T&I-related specialty field or business practices) offered or authorized by industry-recognized professionals, state, private, national, and international organizations, corporations, and agencies or institutions of higher learning.

Points:       1 hour = 1 point per hour. Maximum 10 points per event. No maximum per reporting period.
Documentation:     Certificate of attendance, receipt or letter of completion for each event
     
Category B:   

Independent study of educational T&I (or T&I-related specialty field or business practices) audio or video, films, slides, Internet (including non-interactive or recordings of online courses), or articles on T&I, T&I technology, or the translator’s specialty fields published by recognized private national and international trade associations, corporations or organizations

Points:       Each activity=1 point per hour of activity.  Maximum 5 points per reporting
Documentation:     Copy of ATA Independent Study Verification Paper for each activity
     
Category C:    Authoring or editing published books or articles on T&I
Points:     

6 points per published book.  2 points per published article
Maximum 8 points per reporting period

Documentation:   Date and title of the article or book and name of the publisher
     
Category D:    Teaching or developing a T&I course, seminar, or workshop. Credit may be earned only for new presentations. Repeating the same presentation does not earn additional points
Points:   

1 hour = 2 points. No maximum per reporting period.

Documentation:  

Date, title, and length of presentation, and name of sponsoring organization

     
Category E:    Volunteerism (T&I-related work or school outreach presentations)
Points:   T&I-related: Two hours of service = 1 point.  School outreach: 1 hour of service =1 point. Maximum 10 points per reporting period
Documentation:      Description of the activity, hours given, and name of sponsoring organization
     
Category G:    Membership in professional associations other than ATA
Points:    One point per membership up to a maximum 3 points per reporting period
Documentation:     Proof of initial or renewed membership

Complete and submit your ATA CE points reporting. 

Questions: Contact cep@atanet.org call 703/683-6100, x3013