What Makes a Translation Certification Program Credible?

What Makes a Translation Certification Program Credible?

What really makes a translation certification program credible? How can you judge the credibility of such a program when globally the expectations and requirements differ so much country by country? Within this article we provide some answers to this question.

Here are the top 5 things to look for while examining whether a translator certificate or certification program is credible or not:
  1. Association Backed: Is the program you are looking at backed by a industry association of some type? Is it ran by a media company? A training institute? These are all things to consider while looking to join a program. Look at how well established the program is and do some searching on Google to see if any other websites are even mentioning the certification program you are considering.
  2. Expert Audio Interviews: Most programs that are well established will include an offering of expert audio interviews with very well experienced translators, this way you get to learn directly from people in the industry who have been in your position before and have since become very successful.
  3. Video Modules: Most if not all translator certification programs include video modules to help you learn about industry best practices, ethics, and working guidelines.
  4. Career Coaching & Resume Feedback: Ensure that whatever program you consider you request some career coaching or resume feedback so your success is not slowed down by something such as a common resume mistake.
  5. Long-Term Benefits: The most credible organizations will offer you long-term continuing education benefits with little or no ongoing membership dues. Check into this before joining a program.
By following this criteria you will be able to weed out the translation certification programs which are completely un-credible and a waste of your time and money.

By Adriana Tassini

Additional Related Resources:

1. Translator Certification
2. Translator FAQ
3. Online Translator Training
4. Translator Designation
5. Translation Certificate