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  • If you're considering or just getting started in a career as a translator or interpreter, please consult our FAQ page.

Client Education

The American Translators Association offers the following publications to help clients find the right translator or interpreter for their needs and avoid common pitfalls:


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    • The easiest way to join NCTA is online from our registration page. No paper forms are needed, and you may print out an invoice for your records during the online payment process. For assistance, please contact:
    • The easiest way to renew your NCTA membership is online from our renewal page. You will have the option to print out an invoice if needed.

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Further Reading

    • Official Translations: according to the State of California Judicial Council website,
      "Government Code §27293 permits California county clerks to certify documents translated into English only if the document has been translated by American Translators Association certified translators, California Certified Court Interpreters, or California Registered Interpreters. California Certified Court or Registered Interpreters are authorized in a judicial proceeding to interpret orally the verbal content of documents, but the Judicial Council does not otherwise test or certify an interpreter's written translation skills."
    • ATA Antitrust Compliance Policy (Revised in 2016) can be found here
    • Employee vs independent contractor status, as explained by the EDD
    • Executive Order 13166 of August 11, 2000: improving access to services for persons with limited English proficiency
      Guidelines on providing qualified interpreters in healthcare settings: The American Hospital Association ( document called: Consent Manual (provides an explanation that references Title VI, Title 22, State & Federal laws, as well as mandates by the JACHO - Joint Accreditation Commission of Healthcare Organizations)
    • California Healthcare Interpreting Association Standards (CHIA) for Healthcare Interpreters, available for download in Spanish
    • Code of Ethics Read the American Translators Association Code of Ethics and Professional Practice here.

    • For a comprehensive listing of languages and dialects by country, see the Ethnologue site.


On Literary Translation

Anne Appel's article on copyright


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  • Northern California Translators Association
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  • San Francisco, CA 94114-1600
  • Phone: (510) 845-8712
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