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Get certified in 4 steps

1. Submitting your application

Applying for certification happens entirely online.

  • Create an account on the OTTIAQ portal, if you do not have one.
  • Review the eligibility criteria for the title of certified translator, terminologist or interpreter.
  • Select the profession and language combination for which you wish to apply for certification.
  • Gather all the documents required for your profile and submit your application through the OTTIAQ portal.
  • Check the status of your file at any time on the OTTIAQ portal.

Please note that you may begin, pause and resume the certification process at any time.

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2. Application review process

Applications to the mentorship program

Applications are first processed by the Professional Affairs Assistant, who examines the documents and matches candidates with mentors. The matching process may take two or three months (except for the mentorship through a university program, for which the matching is done at the start of the semester). Certain cases may take longer, for example, if candidates have a rare language combination. Each file is examined by the Certification Committee, which may accept it, accept it in part or refuse it. If the application was partially accepted or refused, the Certification Officer sends a letter to the candidate explaining the Committee’s decision. Files are processed in the order in which they were received.

Application for equivalency (degree, training or mentorship program)

Applications are first processed by the Certification Officer, who examines the documents, selects several work samples at random and sends them to be evaluated. Once the samples have been evaluated, the Certification Officer submits the application to the Certification Committee, which may accept it, accept it in part or refuse it. If the application was partially accepted or refused, the Certification Officer sends a letter to the candidate explaining the Committee’s decision. Files are processed in the order in which they were received. Reviewing a candidate’s file takes approximately six months, depending on the candidate’s language combination.

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3. Required training

If the application was accepted, the candidate is invited to complete the training on ethics, professional conduct and professional practice. This training of offered entirely online.

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4. Entry on the membership roll

Upon completion of the training on ethics, professional conduct and professional practice, the candidate may register and pay the membership dues online. The membership dues are calculated based on the number of months left in the membership year. After paying the dues, the candidate is officially a member of the Order and will be responsible for paying the annual dues every April 1.

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Competency grids

OTTIAQ’s mission is to protect the public and promote efficient and high-quality communication.  As such, it ensures that its members are qualified in translation, terminology and interpreting. To assist with this task, it has identified the competencies required of members.