We are delighted you are interested in becoming a Certified Translator or Interpreter. This section provides information about the exam, the fees and title protection.

STIBC partners with CTTIC to offer a process for certification. Candidates in translation select an exam in their language combination in which they are the most proficient (for example French to English). Court Interpreters, Medical Interpreters and Community Interpreters become certified on the basis of examinations containing written and oral elements.

Should no written proficiency examination be available for your language combination, you may apply for certification “on dossier”.

First, you have to join STIBC as an Associate Member (if that is not already the case). Kindly fill an application form and pay the application fee online or by cheque.

As part of your application you will need to submit your:

  • Résumé (current within the last 2 years);
  • Copies of any degrees, diplomas, or certificates. Preference will be given to candidates with an educational background in Translating and/or Interpreting;
  • Reference letter from a client or employer that clearly states the interpreting hours or word count you have accumulated over the last two years.

STIBC will review the application and ensure all the supporting documents have been provided. If they are accepted, you will be invited to schedule an admission exam and asked which language combination you are applying for.

The Admissions Committee requires a minimum of four weeks to review an application.

Exams To Be Taken

Depending on the documents provided, STIBC will determine if you are eligible to be admitted by exam or on-dossier.

Admission by Exam:

  • Candidates are required to pay a non-refundable fee;
  • Candidates must successfully complete one or all of the following:
    • English Language Proficiency Exam;
    • Admission Translation Exam;
    • Ethics Exam.

Admission On-Dossier:

  • Candidates are required to pay a non-refundable fee;
  • Candidates must successfully complete the Ethics Exam.

The Ethics Exam is mandatory for all applicants to the Society.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request candidates provide additional information or take additional exams. This applies to all candidates applying for admission, both by exam or-on dossier.

Successful candidates are admitted to the Society as Associate Members and must pay the full annual membership fee. Membership fees will be prorated for candidates admitted after the beginning of the calendar year.

Only STIBC Associate and Certified Members in good standing of STIBC are eligible to take Certification Exams.
If you are not yet a member of STIBC, please click here to join now.

If no interpretation examination is available for the language combination in which you wish to prove your proficiency, you may apply to become certified “on dossier”.
The process is administered by STIBC.
Members with medical conditions that do not allow them to sit an exam can also apply “on dossier”.

The On-Dossier Certification assessment seeks to recognize aptitude and competence, not potential. A candidate is judged competent if the translation provided is faithful, idiomatic and requires no revision, or the interpretation proof points are impeccable.

CERTIFICATION

Translation Examination*$350
Court Interpreting Examination (Written Component)*$350
Administrative Fee for Exam Registration$50
Court Interpreting Examination (Oral Component)*$375
On-Dossier – Community Interpreting for Certified Court and Conference Interpreters*$200
On-Dossier – Community Interpreting for Certified Translators*$300
On-Dossier Evaluation – Translation*$700
On-Dossier Evaluation – Interpretation*$700
  • Prices are for each language combination. A 5% GST will be added.

Continuing Education (CE) is meant to keep professional translators and interpreters up-to-date on the latest techniques and trends.
It provides opportunities to explore other areas of proficiency, keep learning, volunteer our linguistic skills to help others, and seek new challenges.
STIBC offers many workshops and webinars of its own throughout the year, and advertises a variety of offerings by other organizations.
Check our Events Calendar or our posts on Facebook!

Continuing Education is moreover vital for all STIBC’s Certified Members — to maintain their status as members in good standing, they must undertake professional development activities that generate a minimum of 8 CE credits each year.

When do we get exam results?

Candidates will be notified of their results by email, and a mark will be indicated in the event of failure. Examination papers will not be returned to candidates. Please note that the minimum time for marking exams is two months.

How can I appeal my mark?

In accordance with the Examination Board’s regulations, any candidate who fails the examination may appeal the result within one month of receiving notification of the results. A $230 fee is payable for such an appeal and will be refunded if the appeal is successful. The appeal decision is final.

How are the exams marked?

Every paper is carefully read and evaluated by two markers, who must agree on the final mark. If they do not agree, the paper is referred to a third marker, whose decision is final. The passing score is 70%. Any examination paper with a mark that falls between 65% and 70% is reviewed very carefully to ensure that the pass or failure is clearly justified.

Why is a fee charged for appeals?

Neither CTTIC, STIBC, nor the other provincial associations can provide this certification service without a reasonable means to recover their costs.

For admission exams, please email our office to find out when the next admission exam is offered.

For certification exams, email our CTTIC exam coordinator.

Some dates for upcoming exams are also posted in the News & Events section .