ATA CE credit question; how to earn points, how to find out about approved events in general
Thread poster: Esther Pugh

Esther Pugh  Identity Verified
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Apr 10

Hi all,

I have a question for ATA certified members, or anybody who is familiar with ATA's CE policy.

I am aware that there are online courses, classes, webinars, seminars, etc. available here on proz that award a certain amount of CE points, however, most of them are worth one or two points at the most. Are there any classes or events available that award more?

The ATA website itself lists options on how to earn CE credits, but these guidelines are not ve
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Hi all,

I have a question for ATA certified members, or anybody who is familiar with ATA's CE policy.

I am aware that there are online courses, classes, webinars, seminars, etc. available here on proz that award a certain amount of CE points, however, most of them are worth one or two points at the most. Are there any classes or events available that award more?

The ATA website itself lists options on how to earn CE credits, but these guidelines are not very specific IMO. E.g. they state that you could volunteer and/or teach a class somewhere, but do not give any information on any specifics (such as, how many classes should you teach for how many hours, and how many credits will be awarded if you do, etc.).

I have also randomly come across webinars held by Wordfast and other CAT tool suppliers that may or may not be approved by the ATA for points (some are, some don't seem to be ... ???), and it doesn't seem easy to figure out the amount of points anywhere.

Can somebody tell me how to approach this? Is there a summary available somewhere that focuses on that topic? Or do you e-mail the person in charge at the ATA every single time in order to find out whether or not a specific seminar that interests you is approved for credits, and if so, for how many?

I am a little bit lost here. I don't want my cert to expire, obviously, but I am also wondering how to approach this. How is everybody else handling this?

Thanks all for your input!

[Edited at 2019-04-10 14:35 GMT]
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Kristina Cosumano  Identity Verified
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Conferences Apr 10

Attending a translation conference can get you 10 points. The ATA annual conference is expensive, but there may be smaller ones near you. In my case, I went to the BP18 Translators Conference in Vienna last year, and a workshop held by the ATA German Language Division Members in Europe this year in Tübingen. Check with your local translation association.

Gloria Teixeira
 

Esther Pugh  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Apr 10

Kristina Cosumano wrote:

Attending a translation conference can get you 10 points. The ATA annual conference is expensive, but there may be smaller ones near you. In my case, I went to the BP18 Translators Conference in Vienna last year, and a workshop held by the ATA German Language Division Members in Europe this year in Tübingen. Check with your local translation association.


Thank you very much, Kristina! I really appreciate your reply.

So these conferences do not have to be ATA events, as long they're T&I related? How did you find out that they are eligible for "points", though? Are they all automatically eligible, because of their nature? Or did you contact the ATA beforehand? It's just a little confusing to me.

I am planning on attending the ATA conference in CA this year, but would still like to add some credits between now and Oct/Nov.


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Kristina Cosumano  Identity Verified
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Lots of different ways Apr 11



So these conferences do not have to be ATA events, as long they're T&I related? How did you find out that they are eligible for "points", though? Are they all automatically eligible, because of their nature? Or did you contact the ATA beforehand? It's just a little confusing to me.


The BP18 conference announced that attendees could get CE points for ATA before the event.

I suggest you download the CE documents from the ATA website and look through them. For example, in the "independent study" section ATA will allow you 1 point -per hour- of activity.


 

Esther Pugh  Identity Verified
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More info? Apr 11

This is all I found, which is not very specific:

https://www.atanet.org/certification/aboutcont_record_requirments.php

I am wondering if there's more info out there somewhere...


 

Gloria Teixeira
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ATA Apr 11

I also heard that being a volunteer earned points, but where, where, what place? Nobody explains that. There are many ways to earn score for the ATA. Thank you for more information

 

Marissa Aguayo Gavilano  Identity Verified
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Check the PDF Apr 11

I think the actual document that we need to complete and send gives enough information about what they will accept and how many points each activity is worth.

https://www.atanet.org/certification/aboutcont_record.pdf

I know some courses advertise themselves as being worth ATA CE points, but it's not mandatory that you take only such courses to get the po
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I think the actual document that we need to complete and send gives enough information about what they will accept and how many points each activity is worth.

https://www.atanet.org/certification/aboutcont_record.pdf

I know some courses advertise themselves as being worth ATA CE points, but it's not mandatory that you take only such courses to get the points.
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Kristina Cosumano
 

Esther Pugh  Identity Verified
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helpful link Apr 11

Upon my request, I just got this from a very helpful person at the ATA headquarters, in case anybody's interested:


https://www.atanet.org/calendar/index.php


Kristina Cosumano
 


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