Cost of certification
Thread poster: khaled Hassan

khaled Hassan
Egypt
Local time: 02:43
English to Arabic
May 17, 2016

Hi everyone,

What is the reasonable cost for certifying translation per page?

Thanks in advance!


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Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
Thailand
Local time: 07:43
Member (2004)
English to Thai
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My court paper certification May 18, 2016

khaled Hassan wrote:

Hi everyone,

What is the reasonable cost for certifying translation per page?

Thanks in advance!


In Thailand, expenses on translation for courts depend on each translator. I made a rubber stamp saying

"Certified True and Correct Translation"
[signature]
Mr. Soonthon Lupkitaro Translator

I rarely bill to clients on certification but I seriously inquire for the reason for objective of such certification.
(The court system in my country is far behind active translation standards)

Soonthon L.


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Paweł Hamerski
Poland
Local time: 01:43
English to Polish
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In what country? May 18, 2016

I am a certified translation in Poland. There is practically no separate price for certification alone. The customer orders either a certified or 'normal' translation and that's all. Of course sometimes people want to certify somebody's/his/her own translation but I usually don't accept such jobs. The price is irrelevant as you didn't specify the country.
I can tell a lot more on the subject, being the certified translator/interpreter for 40+ years already, but I have already answered the question.


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Maxi Schwarz
Local time: 18:43
German to English
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my thoughts May 18, 2016

That actual final act of certifying is a matter of pressing a stamp on each page, with date and signature added. It does take extra time so when asked for additional copies there is indeed an extra charge. But the real factor of certification is that the certifying translator has the ability and qualifications, and also takes the time and care to produce the quality and correctness that the certification implies. I put that special care into all my translations, and my fees reflect that (extra care also = extra time). So I have never charged extra for certification.

Meanwhile: When we do work for agencies, we usually never get the name of their end client. So it once happened that an agency's former end client hired me for another translation, and I only found out when they came to pick up the translation that the client had previously hired that agency for a translation that got assigned to me. In conversation the client told me that the agency had charged them an extra $40 for certification. I had not billed the agency extra, but they billed the client. This is my certification, using my stamp, the use of which I earned by passing the exam and paying an annual fee to my organization to remain "in good standing". ---- Anyway, that is the first time the thought crossed my mind about whether we should charge extra for certification. (I still don't).


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Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 01:43
English to German
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10 EUR May 18, 2016

My usual charge for a certification (Germany)

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Ewa Olszowa  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 19:43
Polish to English
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Fraction of translation cost May 18, 2016

If you are certifying the correctness of translation already done, you may charge a fraction of what you would charge for translation of that document. You will be checking the translation against the source text so it is like proofreading plus certification.
If you are certifying you own translation, then you may come up with different price list for certified vs regular translation.

[Edited at 2016-05-18 18:05 GMT]

[Edited at 2016-05-18 18:06 GMT]


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philgoddard
United States
German to English
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I do it for free. May 18, 2016

Certification only takes a minute, and it's good for customer relations.

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Ewa Olszowa  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 19:43
Polish to English
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Depends May 18, 2016

philgoddard wrote:

Certification only takes a minute, and it's good for customer relations.


If you certify your own work, yes.
But if you are certifying somebody's else work, you have to double check it.


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