Poll: Would you want to take the test to become an ATA-Certified Translator (if open to non-ATA members)?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Would you want to take the test to become an ATA-Certified Translator (if open to non-ATA members)?".

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Hassan Khattab
 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to German
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No Dec 6, 2019

Simply because it would not change or improve anything.

Ian Keith Jones Williams
Angus Stewart
Teresa Borges
Clement Cheung
Jorge Payan
Yetta J Bogarde
Liviu-Lee Roth
 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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No Dec 6, 2019

ProZ.com Staff wrote:
Would you want to take the test to become an ATA-Certified Translator (if open to non-ATA members)?


No, because the test would still be pretty expensive, and you'd still have to pay an annual certification fee. So you'd have to pay money, but get none of the other benefits of being an ATA member. You won't save a lot of money by refusing ATA membership.


Morano El-Kholy
Rosario Aragón
Clement Cheung
Jorge Payan
Yetta J Bogarde
Liviu-Lee Roth
Philip Lees
 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No Dec 6, 2019

I’ve been an ATA associate member for some time and got a few clients through the Directory, but I’m not certified, I’ve been around for over 30 years without it… I should add that I’m a member of the Portuguese Translators Association and of the International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters.

[Edited at 2019-12-06 10:46 GMT]


 

The Misha
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Russian to English
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No Dec 6, 2019

ATA does not have anything I would want or need.

Julio Madrid
Liviu-Lee Roth
Philip Lees
 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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No Dec 6, 2019

Just like diplomas and certificates, memberships in associations have proven to provide no ROI and help very little in our market. Our clients know well that these are not guarantees of a good professional.

Liviu-Lee Roth
Philip Lees
 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Other Dec 6, 2019

I took two ATA tests many years ago (and passed). Here's the thing: ATA will not **stand behind it** unless you are a member of the Association. That said, there's nothing to prevent you from listing it on your résumé, which I have done. It's on my ProZ page and I believe that it has helped to boost my credentials.

 

Maxi Schwarz  Identity Verified
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German to English
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No - I'm ATIO/CTTIC certified as a Canadian translator Dec 7, 2019

I would have no reason to become certified in a US (or German, or Australian) organization.

 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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English to Afrikaans
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@Muriel Dec 7, 2019

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:
I took two ATA tests many years ago (and passed). Here's the thing: ATA will not **stand behind it** unless you are a member of the Association.


Yes, but that is what this poll question is about: ATA is going to introduce a system whereby they will "stand behind" their tests even if you're not a member. You'd still have to pay an annual fee, but you don't need to be or become a member.

The reason for this is that some people believe accreditation is worth less if holders of such accreditation are required to join or remain a member of some association. Such people apparently have no objection to paying an annual fee (even a fee that is the same as the membership fee), as long as one doesn't have to be an actual member (I suppose being a member means that you "affiliate" yourself with the association, i.e. agree to its rules, etc., and you may not necessarily want to do that).


[Edited at 2019-12-07 08:36 GMT]


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mona elshazly  Identity Verified
Egypt
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Italian to Arabic
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Yes Dec 8, 2019

Yes, but unfortunately the test is not offered in Egypt.

 


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