Frequently Asked Questions


I am looking for a job. Does ATIS have jobs for interpreters and translators?

No. We do not hire interpreters or translators. However, we do receive requests for interpretation and translation services from various companies and distribute these to our members for their consideration. That is one of the perks of the membership. For all other positions, check...
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I speak several languages fluently. Can I write the associate-level exam for each on the same day?

No. Only one language combination is allowed per exam, and per day, at this point.

I have been a translator for a number of years. How can I become a member of ATIS?

Becoming a member is a three-step process: Step 1: Attend a virtual orientation with ATIS, free of charge. Step 2: Write the associate-level exam. It is the same for both interpreters and translators. If you pass the exam, you are then eligible to become an associate member of ATIS. Step...
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I need the services of a translator. Where can I find one?

The ATIS lists all associate and certified translators in good standing with the association. Use the ATIS directory to explore various options in different language combinations. In addition, you will be able to contact our members through the ATIS website. Any questions...
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I want in! How do I become a certified interpreter or translator?

Step 1: Attend a virtual orientation with ATIS, free of charge. Step 2: Write the associate-level exam, for which there is a fee of $200. You will need to achieve a mark of 70% to pass. The exam is offered twice yearly, once in the spring and once in the fall. The exam—the same for both...
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My language pair does not include English, or is very rare. Can I still join ATIS?

ATIS welcomes any language combination, as long as one of the languages is English or French. Please feel free to request more information on a specific language.

I am on the fence... What are the advantages of being a member of ATIS?

All members of ATIS—both associate and certified—are listed in the directory on the ATIS Web site. It is an excellent way to promote yourself to prospective clients. ATIS members are also welcome to attend the annual general meeting and the workshops during these...
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Do you offer continuing education?

One of the objectives of ATIS is to promote the training of qualified translators and interpreters. ATIS provides a half-day workshop at our spring AGM and fall meeting free of charge to our members. We try to find topics of interest to all language combinations. From time to time, we also...
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How much does it cost to write the exam?

Exam fees are as follows, and are payable in full at time of application:   Admission exam - $200 CTTIC certification exam: $200