Which courses, classes, or certification programs are expected if you are going to work as a translation professional?
Interestingly enough, at one level, the answer is, “absolutely none at all.” Surprised? However, in certain aspects of the industry, such as health services interpreting, working with the deaf, court interpreting, and others, there is either a state certification or an association version of it that it would behoove you to get, i.e., it’s highly recommended. Now, if you’re going to work in the E.U., for example, they do have a more organized structure and more is required, officially. One more thought: even though you don’t have to take any courses, classes, or get a certification through a program, it’s still a good idea, and it can separate you from the rest of your fellow translators—which will allow you to charge more. Remember that you’ll need to have either experience or qualifications or both to get ahead…
-By Adriana Tassini
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