Only an OTTIAQ member, to whom a valid licence was issued and who is registered in the Membership Roll, may carry out his or her practice using the title of certified translator, certified terminologist or certified interpreter.
The primary function of a professional title is to inform the public about the services provided by the professional. The reserved title is a sign of competency, as it allows the public to recognize a professional who is most apt to meet their needs, with the knowledge that there are processes in place to deal with any dissatisfaction.
The initials reserved for those holding the certified translator, certified terminologist or certified interpreter licence are as follows: C. Tr., C. Term. and C. Int.
An individual who is not an OTTIAQ member may not use any of these titles (or abbreviations) or mislead others into believing he or she is a member of the Order by using a similar title or abbreviation. In such case, this individual would be misappropriating the title and subject to legal action, including criminal prosecution.