A qualified translator means assurance on quality and service. Just like in any other profession, translators should be adequately trained to be translators. Other qualifications may be very helpful for their specialisation; however, they don’t make them professional translators.
Why should clients look for a qualified translator?
Clients should always look for qualified translators. You would not think of hiring a lawyer with no qualifications, so why would hire a non-qualified translator? I think I can answer this question though. Unfortunately, there’s a widespread belief that we need no qualifications to be a translator, you simply need to be bilingual. Well, it is not true at all.
Obviously, one will need to be proficient in all languages one works with, but that does not qualify one as a translator. A translator course will. Because, there the person will learn all cultural aspects of each language and the adequate techniques to convert a message from one language to another, having exactly the same impact and meaning. So, when a client chose a qualified translator, they will know that person had adequate training to do that job correctly.
How to verify translators’ qualifications
Most professionals would be happy to provide their C.V. These days, LinkedIn is also a good way to verify, since most of us have their qualifications there and they are public.
Also, you can choose a translator that is affiliated with an Association. This will certainly be a proof of qualifications, since no translator will be admitted without proof they are qualified to do the job. Associations like NAATI, AUSIT or CIOL also require professional development, to ensure the translators are regularly updated and capable to face the challenges of the job. Associations like NAATI, CIOL or AUSIT have their members listed on their directories, so it’s easy for clients to find a qualified translator.
Why should translators look for these qualifications?
It’s very simple. It means the difference between being a professional or something else. Being qualified means having the adequate skills to work in this job. It means the person is serious about their business and wants to excel as a professional. Plus, it shows clients this is not a hobby but a highly qualified job and we do work hard to do it.
It will lead to better clients, better payments and having a fulfilling career. I truly believe it’s a win for everyone involved.