Is translation a regulated profession in Switzerland?
Thread poster: xxxArline Lyons
xxxArline Lyons  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:48
Japanese to English
Apr 17, 2009

Hello everyone,

I'm a Japanese to English translator, looking at moving to Switzerland in the near future.

I'm aware that there are some regulated professions where you have to have qualifications recognised by the Swiss authorities, but I can't find any definite information on whether translation is one of them.

Is anyone who is working or has worked in Switzerland able to tell me if there are any requirements?

Many thanks
Arline


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Silvia Ga
Switzerland
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Ask the ASTTI Apr 19, 2009

I haven't been in Switzerland long enough to answer your question,
but you can try to ask the Swiss association for translators terminologists and interpreters at www.astti.ch They might be able to help you.


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xxxArline Lyons  Identity Verified
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Thank you! I have an answer... Apr 20, 2009

Hi Silvia,

Thank you for your response!

I finally got an answer from the Swiss Federal Office of Migration - translation is not a regulated profession.

I'll need to provide a business case and prove I can work self-employed there without needing any support, which should be fine, but I was worried about having to have qualifications recognised by the Swiss as well. But as it's not regulated, that shouldn't be a problem.

The Federal Office of Migration recommended I check with the local Canton office as well in case there are any local regulations.

Cheers
Arline

[Edited at 2009-04-20 15:12 GMT]


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Bruno Marmier  Identity Verified
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Translation in CH Apr 21, 2009

Hi,

I can confirm, translation is not a regulated profession in Switzerland.

As a freelancer, you have mainly two obligations:
- you must pay AVS contributions (pension)
- bookkeeping


If you sale for more than 75'000 CHF/year, you have to pay VAT.

Cheers

Bruno


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xxxArline Lyons  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Apr 21, 2009

Hi Bruno,

Thank you very much for the information, that's good to know!

Many thanks
Arline


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