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How to become a UN certified translator
Thread poster: Noha Kamal, PhD.

Noha Kamal, PhD.  Identity Verified
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Jul 9, 2007

Hello,

I was wondering how it is that one could become a UN certified translator and whether it will be worth the trouble at the end of the day?

Best,
Noha


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Alp Berker  Identity Verified
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Check out the UN's Human resources page also Jul 10, 2007

This page from UN Geneva has information on language services at the UN
http://www.unog.ch/80256EE60057CB67/(httpPages)/6198E1266DB7B16480256EF80049A2F2?OpenDocument

You can link to the UN Human Resources page from the main page at http://www.un.org
I don't have any experience, but there is probably a Proz member at there who would be willingly to share their experience.
Good Luck,
Alp Berker


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alorcalopez  Identity Verified
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UN competitive examinations Jul 11, 2007

Dear Noha
The only way to be certified as meeting the UN quality requirements for a translator is taking the UN examinations for translators or interpreters. Once you've pass you can apply to any UN agency or offer your service as freelance. The exam is quite tough (I've taken it twice already) and the examination is held every two or three years. If you are one of the few lucky translators selected, it's a big achievement because all UN agencies have this examination as main requirement for translators or interpreters.

Best regards

Andrea Lorca


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question Feb 9, 2010

I was wondering how it is that one could become a UN certified translator? i am an english persian vice versa ceritified translator in iran with license no 904
amirali.rastrow@gmail.com


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question Mar 24, 2013

Sudan
24.3.2013


hello

I ask how can I be a UN certified translator ? I live in Sudan and I have a master degree on translation and I have been working on humanitarian organization.



with best
Somaya


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Whiz  Identity Verified
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Could not find any info on that page Jan 16, 2014

Alp Berker wrote:

This page from UN Geneva has information on language services at the UN
http://www.unog.ch/80256EE60057CB67/(httpPages)/6198E1266DB7B16480256EF80049A2F2?OpenDocument

You can link to the UN Human Resources page from the main page at http://www.un.org
I don't have any experience, but there is probably a Proz member at there who would be willingly to share their experience.
Good Luck,
Alp Berker


Hi Alp,

Even I examined the relevant page you provided, I could not find any information about becoming UN translator?


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Whiz  Identity Verified
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More info about exam Jan 16, 2014

alorcalopez wrote:

Dear Noha
The only way to be certified as meeting the UN quality requirements for a translator is taking the UN examinations for translators or interpreters. Once you've pass you can apply to any UN agency or offer your service as freelance. The exam is quite tough (I've taken it twice already) and the examination is held every two or three years. If you are one of the few lucky translators selected, it's a big achievement because all UN agencies have this examination as main requirement for translators or interpreters.

Best regards

Andrea Lorca


Hi Andrea,

Do you have any idea about where I can find info about these exams?

Thanks,

Handan


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Emanuela Galdelli  Identity Verified
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How to become a UN translator Jan 16, 2014

Hello somaya1 and welcome on ProZ.com!
Hello Whiz!

I found this UN website that gives all the necessary information:

http://www.unlanguage.org/Careers/Translators/default.aspx .

Hope this helps.

Emanuela


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