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Do I need a certified interpreter?

Do I need a certified interpreter?

One of the most common questions we ask is whether you need a certified interpreter.  This is a difficult question to answer and ultimately it is your choice.  However the guiding principle would be that if for any reason now or in the future you will need to rely on the interpreting assignment in court or the interpreting assignment is risky in any way, then we you recommend a certified interpreter.  In Australia to certification process of interpreters is managed by Australian government statutory authority.  This authority does the testing and provide for certification of the interpreters across many languages in the Australian community.  A certified interpreter does not necessarily made a better interpreter.  This is a common misconception. 

Interpreters in Australia to become certified have to pass the formal examination with be certified in authority.  This examination process is bureaucratic and costly and therefore many skilled interpreters make a decision not to seek formal interpretation accreditation.  What this means however, is the day is not certified interpreters cannot operate in the Australian Court system and other government jurisdictions the require certified interpreters.

To reiterate, ultimately it is your decision on whether to engage a certified interpreter.  We are happy to provide guidance and recommendations however and you will need to make the decision.