The ATA-certified translator seal is an excellent quick visual identification of your ATA certification.
The seal includes your name, language combination, and unique certification number. It also includes a link to an online ATA verification system that allows a client to confirm your certification.
The seal is a .JPG image that can be used to formally attest your certification in documents related to your work. Some translators use the seal in a certification of accuracy statement. Others have had the seal made into an embosser. How you use it is up to you.
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ATA certification is a voluntary credential; as such, it reflects an individual's strong commitment to the profession and its ethical practice—a distinction that can open doors to new business and higher compensation.
An ATA-certified translator may use the letters CT as a designation of certification status—an effective way to identify yourself as serious about your profession.
Users of ATA's Directory of Translators and Interpreters can limit their search results to those members who are ATA-certified—a definite edge in standing out from the competition.
ATA voting rights are automatically conferred on translators who pass the certification exam—a powerful opportunity to participate in an election process that helps shape the association's future.
Continuing education—or CE—should be an important part of every professional's career. The continuing education requirement for ATA-certified translators emphasizes this aspect of the program and assures clients that knowledge is not a one-time test.
ATA certification is not a "been there, done that" credential. It is part of a program that expects translators to continue to expand their professional knowledge. Recertification through continuing education is one way ATA-certified translators demonstrate their commitment to that principle.
You must submit 20 hours of continuing education credits every three years in order to retain your ATA certification.
Continuing education does not have to be expensive! Learn how to request CE points for a non-ATA educational event.