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The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (trading as NAATI) is the national standards and accreditation body for translators and interpreters in Australia. It is the only agency to issue accreditations for practitioners who wish to work in this profession in Australia.

From 1 July 2011 the Skilled Migration points test includes Credentialed Community Language points which can be claimed based on evidence of NAATI accreditation at the paraprofessional level or above, either in translating or interpreting.

For information on NAATI and Migration, the accreditation pathways and processes and the languages accreditation is available in for a particular pathway, please refer to the information booklets on NAATI's website -


  • Passing a NAATI accreditation test
  • Successful completion of a course of studies in translation and/or interpreting at an Australian institution as approved by NAATI
  • Providing evidence of a specialised tertiary qualification in translation and/or interpreting obtained from an educational institution overseas
  • Providing evidence of a membership of a recognised international translating and/or interpreting professional association
  • Providing evidence of advanced standing in translating or interpreting.

NAATI campus

  • Sydney
  • Brisbane


Australian educational institutions in the Vocational Education Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE) sectors can make an application to NAATI for approval of their translating and/or interpreting courses. If the application meets NAATI's requirements, the course (for example Advanced Diploma of Interpreting) and the languages in which the course(s) can be run will be approved by NAATI.

Benefits of NAATI-approved courses

The advantage of a NAATI-approved course is that students who complete the course at the standard required by NAATI are eligible to apply for NAATI accreditation without further requirements e.g. taking a NAATI test.

The award of the accreditation is subject to formal confirmation of the candidates' achievements by the educational institution and recommendation of accreditation to NAATI


Graduates from an approved course can be recommended by the institution for NAATI accreditation. To be recommended the individual must:

  • Graduate from the course with the qualification ; AND
  • Achieve the grade required for recommendation in the final practical translation or interpreting examination

Recommendations by approved institutions are made directly to NAATI. Individuals who have been recommended need to complete and submit an application. The 'Application for Accreditation by Australian Approved Course' (Form B) can be downloaded from the NAATI website.

NAATI-approved institutions will make it clear to students whether they are being recommended for NAATI accreditation.

Those recommended for NAATI accreditation should normally submit an application to NAATI for accreditation not more than three years after their date of completion.

NAATI will consider applications for accreditation where more than three years have passed since the date of completion. The applicant must be able to provide evidence of sufficient regular and continuous work experience in the field of translating and/or interpreting.

Student who complete a NAATI approved qualification will be offered the opportunity to receive recommendation to NAATI for accreditation at a level that is relevant to the skills outcome of the qualification completed.

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