Get Certified in 2 Months - Quick Translator Certification
These days more and more companies are requiring translators to be certified before allowing them to work on big projects. There is no industry certification standard, so which program you choose is up to you. If you want to attend some sort of certification program, you can choose from an on-campus program, a seminar, or an online training and certification course. Each has advantages and disadvantages. On-campus programs can take a year or two to complete, depending on the college and the program you choose. Seminars are the fastest option, but are also the most expensive. Finally, online certification programs do not have the advantage of face-to-face learning, but can be completed quickly and inexpensively.
If you need to get certified as quickly as possible, on-campus programs are not the best choice. With that type of program eliminated, you are left with two possibilities: seminars or online programs. Some conferences and seminars offer quick certification. In fact, these programs only take 2-5 days to complete. Unfortunately, quick certification comes at a high price. Expect to pay anywhere from $600 to $1,995 for one of these quick courses.
Online programs are an extremely popular option these days. You will need to be an independent, self-motivated learner to succeed in one of these programs. Online certification programs are quicker than comparable campus-based programs, but take two to eight months from start to finish. While online courses may take longer than seminars, they are much less expensive. Expect to pay $300-$700 for a certification program that includes audio, video, and the support of professionals with years of experience in the field. There are many available courses, but the most popular is the Certified Translation Professional (CTP) certification program. Online courses are not the best choice for everyone, however.
Whether you choose an online program or a seminar, there are several steps you can take in order to get the most out of any certification program. The obvious first step is to brush up on your chosen languages. Second, read through the expectations and guidelines for any program so that you always know what to work on. Make sure to keep up with all your reading material. Many programs will expect you to read as much as 800 pages of material about the translation industry. Finally, do not be afraid to ask questions. Most certification programs have a team of professional translators available to help you get through the program.
-By Adriana Tassini
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