How to Maintain Your Certification

Continuing education is an integral part of every professional's career. For this reason, ATA-certified translators must fulfill the continuing education requirement to maintain their certification. See which activities qualify for continuing education, how many Continuing Education Points (CEPs) can be obtained, and what documentation is recommended.

CEPs Required

You are required to obtain 20 CEPs every three years. Only accepted activities qualify for CEPs, but they include attending sessions, writing articles and books, teaching, and volunteering.

See Activities Below

Ethics Module

You must complete the Ethics Module during your first three-year reporting period. You may either complete the free online course or attend the in-person session at the ATA Annual Conference.

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Reporting Your CEPs

You are responsible for keeping a record of your CEPs and reporting them on time. You must keep documentation verifying your CEPs for one year after your reporting period in case of an audit.

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Loss of Certification

  • If you do not meet the continuing education requirements, your certification will be rescinded.

Your credentials will be removed from ATA’s online directories and you will be prohibited from using all CT designations until you complete the outstanding requirements.

If you lose your certification, ATA will inform you of the process required to reactivate it. Loss of certification does not affect your ATA membership status.

  • If you let your ATA membership lapse, your certification will be rescinded.

If your membership lapsed less than three years ago, you need to renew your ATA membership and fulfill the continuing education requirements.

If your membership lapsed more than three years ago, you need to renew your ATA membership and take the exam again.

Continuing Education FAQs

  • I am certified in more than one language combination. Do I have to complete 20 CEPs for each?
    No. Only 20 CEPs are required, regardless of the number of certifications.
  • Can I earn CEPs before I am notified that I passed the certification exam? 
    No. Your reporting period does not begin until you have received notice that you are certified.
  • Do I have to earn CEPs to keep my voting membership privileges? 
    No. If you do not meet the continuing education requirement, you will lose your certification but retain your voting member status.
  • How do I know when I need to report my CEPs? 
    ATA will send you a reminder six months before you need to report your CEPs.
  • Can I report CEPs and submit required documentation as I gather them?
    No. You are required to keep a record of your CEPs and documentation until it is time to report your total CEPs.

Activities Qualifying for Continuing Education Points (CEPs)

There are a range of activities that qualify as continuing education, including attending sessions, writing articles, teaching, independent study, volunteering, client outreach, and more. Repeating an identical continuing education opportunity does not earn additional CEPs.

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Acceptable continuing education may include, but is not limited to, the following:

Ethics Module:

You must complete the ATA Ethics Module during your first three-year reporting period. You may either complete the Ethics Module online or attend the in-person session at the ATA Annual Conference.

Points:

  • 1 CEP
  • Maximum of 1 CEP per reporting period
  • This activity only needs to be completed once

Documentation:

  • Signed verification statement

Category A:

Attending sessions on T&I (including T&I-related specialty fields and business practices), offered or authorized by industry-recognized professionals, organizations, corporations, agencies, and institutions of higher learning. Sessions may be online but must be instructor-led and interactive.

Points:

  • 1 CEP per hour
  • Maximum of 10 CEPs per event
  • No maximum per reporting period

Documentation:

  • Certificate of attendance, receipt, or letter of completion for each event

Category B:

Independent study of T&I (including T&I-related specialty fields and business practices) through audio, video, online sessions (non-instructor-led), articles, and publications, offered or authorized by industry-recognized professionals, organizations, corporations, agencies, and institutions of higher learning.

Points:

  • 1 CEP per hour
  • Maximum of 5 CEPs per reporting period

Documentation:

Category C:

Authoring or editing published books or articles on T&I.

Points:

  • 6 CEPs per published book; 2 CEPs per published article
  • Maximum of 8 CEPs per reporting period

Documentation:

  • Title, publisher, and date of book or article

Category D:

Teaching or developing a T&I course, seminar, or workshop. Credit may be earned for new presentations only. Repeating the same presentation does not earn additional points.

Points:

  • 2 CEPs per hour
  • No maximum per reporting period

Documentation:

  • Title, length, and date of presentation, and name of sponsoring organization

Category E:

Volunteerism in T&I-related work or school outreach presentations.

Points:

  • 1 CEP per two hours of T&I-related work; 1 CEP per hour of school outreach
  • Maximum of 10 CEPs per reporting period

Documentation:

  • Description of activity, hours given, and name of sponsoring organization

Category F:

This category of activities no longer qualifies for CEPs. If you have a question about this change, contact the Certification Program Manager.

Category G:

Membership in professional associations other than ATA.

Points:

  • 1 CEP per membership
  • Maximum of 3 CEPs per reporting period

Documentation:

  • Proof of membership

Report Your CEPs

You are responsible for keeping a record of your CEPs and reporting them on time. If you have any questions, please contact the Certification Program Manager.