Welcome to the Real World: Professional-Level Translator Certification


  • Geoffrey S Koby Kent State University
  • Gertrud G Champe


ATA certification, error marking


This article provides a comprehensive and up-to-date description of the American Translators Association (ATA) translator certification program. It describes how the written exam is created for various language pairs, the responsibilities of various parties, including the professional staff at ATA headquarters and volunteers such as the overall committee chair, the language chairs, and the graders. It includes specifics concerning the grading of translations produced by candidates. It concludes with a look to the future of the ATA certification program. This article is intended not only to document the ATA translator certification program but also to provide a basis for discussions between ATA and other associations that have translator certification programs.