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Language certifications (English and Serbian)
Thread poster: Sara Polidoro

Sara Polidoro  Identity Verified
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Jun 11, 2013


I would like to ask your opinion about the best language certifications for translators and interpreters. In other words, what are the most useful certifications to get if you have not a degree in a given language?

After my studies in Translation and Liaison Interpreting (BA) and Conference interpreting (MA) in French and Russian (I am Italian native speaker) I have added English and Serbian (and Croatian) to my language combinations.

Although I receive jobs for EN>IT and SRB/HR>IT, due to the importance of English and my presence in Western Balkans, I thought it might be helpful to get a certification for these two languages. This way I think I could also get the credentials for Proz.

Can you suggest some good English certifications? I think IELTS can be a good one, is it?

What about Serbian? I could get a certification at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade or Novi Sad but I know some private schools deliver certifications at lower prices, still recognized by these two institutions. What would you suggest?

Thanks in advance,


Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
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Chartered Institute of Linguists Jun 11, 2013

Dear Sara,

There are probably many more options, but it may be worth looking at the Chartered Institute of Linguists examinations. There are a range of different exams in different languages and you don't have to go to London to take them. Unfortunately the fees are quite expensive, but the qualifications are widely recognised.

[Edited at 2013-06-11 14:23 GMT]


Sara Polidoro  Identity Verified
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Thanks a lot! Jun 11, 2013

Thank you, Helen!

It looks like a very, very good option. I'll check their programmes and fees.

Have a nice day,


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