ATA membership is open to anyone with an interest in translation and interpreting as a profession or as a scholarly pursuit. All individual applicants are first accepted as Associate or Student members before gaining eligibility for Active or Corresponding membership.
Membership for Individuals
Open to any individual interested in the goals and objectives of ATA. All individual applicants must remain Associate members for four weeks before applying for Active Membership Review or taking an ATA certification exam. Passage of a certification exam automatically advances Associate members to Active or Corresponding member status. Associate members possess full rights and privileges, as defined by the ATA Bylaws, except the right to vote and hold Association office.
Open to college and university students enrolled full-time or part-time in an undergraduate or graduate credit program related to translation or interpreting, including foreign language study. Student membership is limited to 4 years and requires written documentation of student status. Student membership is no longer valid upon passage of an ATA certification exam. Members of this status are required to convert their membership if they wish to become certified. Student members possess the same rights and privileges as Associate members except they cannot list their services in the Online Services Directories.
Open to Associate or Student members who have passed an ATA certification exam or who are established as having achieved professional status through an Active Membership Review. Members in these two categories are listed as "voting" members.
Honorary membership may be conferred upon individuals who have distinguished themselves in the translation or interpretation professions by a vote of two-thirds of the Board of Directors. The total number of living honorary members shall not exceed fifteen at any one time, and not more than two may be elected in any one year.
Life/Voting or Life/AssociateLife membership is available to any person who has reached sixty years of age and has completed at least twenty (20) consecutive years as a member of the Association. Rights and privileges depend upon the membership category—Voting or Associate—of the member.
Membership for Organizations
Open to businesses with an interest in the translation and/or interpreting profession. Membership is in the name of the institution, not of an individual. Employees of Corporate members are not eligible to take the ATA certification examination unless they are also individual members.
Open to nonprofit institutions with an interest in the translation and/or interpreting profession. Membership is in the name of the institution, not of an individual. Documentation of nonprofit status must be included with the application. Employees of Institutional members are not eligible to take the ATA certification examination unless they are also individual members.