The ATA Directory of Translators and Interpreters includes Credentialed Interpreter (CI) designations in three areas of interpreting: conference, healthcare and legal.
What are the requirements for the CI designation?
What interpreting credentials currently meet the CI designation requirements?
- European Union
- United Nations
- U.S. Department of State-Conference
- U.S. Department of State-Seminar
- CHI-Certification Commission for Health Care Interpreters
- CMI-National Board for Interpreter Certification
- WA DSHS-Medical
- U. S. Court Certified Interpreter
- NAJIT Certified Interpreter
- State Court Interpreter Certification with a score of 70% or better in all three modes of interpreting
What credentials may not be used to qualify for a CI designation?
What if I have a credential that is not listed above?
If you hold a credential that is not listed above but meets the necessary criteria, please let ATA Headquarters know. The credential will be reviewed for possible inclusion.
Can I have more than one CI designation?
Yes, however you must complete a separate request form for each credential. The $35-administrative fee covers all requests for one year.
Is there a cost associated with the CI designation?
Yes, there is an administrative fee of $35 for each type of designation: CI-Conference, CI-Healthcare, or CI-Legal.
Are there any responsibilities associated with a CI designation in the ATA Directory?
Yes. You must maintain the credential which is the basis for the CI designation. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the CI designation and possible action by the ATA Ethics Committee.
How do I request a CI designation in the Directory?
Complete the online CI designation request form, attach copies of supporting documentation, and click to submit. Attachments may be in PDF, JPG, or Word format. The review process may take up to 45 days.
1 Suggested evidence to document that the Standard has been met may include a candidate handbook, brochures about the certification program, and other public documents. See National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA), Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, 2010. Standard 7.
2 NCAA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, 2010. Standard 3.