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Opening the ATA Certification Exam to Non-Members

October 1, 2019

The ATA Certification exam is scheduled to open to non-members on January 1, 2021. The elimination of ATA membership as an eligibility requirement for certification, sometimes referred to as decoupling, is a major change for the association and its members.

Why did ATA’s Board of Directors decide to open the certification exam to non-members? How will the decoupling process work?

In this 70-minute webinar, ATA President Corinne McKay and President-Elect Ted Wozniak reviewed the decision and the exam procedures that will be in place in 2021.

The webinar closed with a 20-minute question-and-answer session.

This webinar covers

  • Reasons for opening the exam to non-members
  • Differences in member and non-member certification fees
  • Continuing education requirements for non-member ATA-certified translators
  • ATA-certified translator listings in ATA’s Directory of Translators and Interpreters
  • Enforcement of the ATA Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

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About the presenters

ATA President Corinne McKay, CT is an ATA-certified French>English translator specializing in international development, corporate communications/content marketing, and nonfiction books. In addition to her translation work, she is the author of How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator, a business how-to guide with over 12,000 copies in print. Her blog, Thoughts on Translation, received the ProZ Community Choice award for best blog about translation in 2016 and 2018.

ATA President-Elect and Conference Organizer Ted Wozniak, CT is an ATA-certified German>English translator specializing in accounting, taxation, and finance. Prior to becoming a full-time freelance translator, he worked as an accountant, stockbroker, liaison officer, and interrogation instructor at the U.S. Army Intelligence School. Ted is the moderator and owner of Finanztrans, a mailing list for German financial translators, and runs Payment Practices, Inc., an online database of language services companies’ payment practices.


October 1, 2019
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Presenter(s): Corinne McKay, Ted Wozniak
Duration: 70 minutes

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