A Recognised Practising credential is granted in emerging languages or languages with very low community demand for which NAATI does not offer certification. A practitioner who holds a Recognised Practising credential has recent and regular experience as a translator and/or interpreter but does not define a level of transfer competency.
Agencies and Clients who engage practitioners who hold a NAATI Recognised Practising credential will know that they meet the minimum experience and ability to interact as translator or interpreter with the Australian community.
Recognised Practising credentials do not have equal status with certification, nor do they stipulate a specific level of transfer competency. This is because NAATI has not had the opportunity to test your translating or interpreting skills.
Translators and interpreters use skills, knowledge and abilities that give them the capability to transfer thoughts and ideas that are not their own. In languages where NAATI does not grant certification, this needs to be shown by other means.
Potential translators or interpreters need to prove to NAATI that they have obtained the basic experience and ability that a Recognised Practising credential demonstrates.
This is done through providing specific proof of:
- English language proficiency
- Completion of a minimum level of training as a translator and/or interpreter
- Work experience as a translator or interpreter
Click here for more detailed information about prerequisites.
NAATI’s new certification system will take effect from January 2018. We expect to open applications for Recognised Practising credentials in November 2017.
If you are awarded a Recognised Practising credential, you will have met all of the prerequisites to sit a Certified Provisional Interpreter or Certified Translator test (should NAATI decide to provide this for your language). You will automatically be notified if testing is scheduled.
Recognised Practising credentials will not be awarded in all languages. If there is already a strong pool of certified practitioners or if NAATI offers certification testing on a regular basis for your language, we will not award Recognised Practising. If we do not award Recognised Practising for your language, you will be able to lodge an application for certification testing.