As a non-profit professional association that protects the interests of its members, STIBC is likewise committed to excellence in translation and interpretation in order to safeguard the people who use the language services that its members provide. The Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia provides a wide variety of professional services to its members.
Certification and National Professional Recognition
Associate Members are eligible to register for the CTTIC Certification Examinations. Translators and Interpreters who pass these exams can obtain the Reserved Occupational Title of “Certified”. Reserved, Occupational titles (Certified Translator, Certified Court Interpreter, Certified Conference Interpreter, Certified Community Interpreter and Certified Medical Interpreter) entitle you in some cases to bid on contracts that are open only to Certified Members. STIBC’s Certified Members have professional mobility because our certification through CTTIC is recognized nationally.
Translation & Interpretation Services Referrals
Beyond the 1,000s of “Find a…” searches that members of the public do through our webpage, the Society receives over 6,000 e-mail and phone enquiries for translation and interpretation services annually that is refers to individual members.
Professional Development & Services
Members receive regular mailings and job referrals, participate in workshops, webinars and other social and professional activities, and read our newsletter, The STIBC Voice. The Society also provides members with reports on topics such as pricing, language demand and industry trends.
Directory of Members & Advertising
Members are listed in the online directory making their names and specializations available to users of language services. Membership also puts you in contact with a network of over 900 colleagues. More than 7,000 searches for translators and interpreters on our website are done by prospective clients each year, due in part to the Society’s promotion of its members’ expertise.
Government and Institution Advocacy
The Society represents its members’ interests before governments, the public and the media, working to position its members as language professionals through lobbying and collaborative projects. These advocacy initiatives result in increased educational opportunities, fairer compensation, and protection of members’ rights.
Business Starter Kit
Society members receive help to get started as independent professionals, including practice guides and templates for documents such as business cards, translator’s statements, and invoices.
Annual Members’ Day
Members in good standing who register for the STIBC Annual Members’ Day and General Meeting can attend workshops free. This event attracts many language professionals, providing a wonderful opportunity to gain valuable insight into the profession and to network with peers.
Preparatory Workshops & Practice Examination
Members can take advantage of opportunities to further their knowledge and improve their skills by signing up for the preparatory workshops and practice examination to prepare for the CTTIC‘s upcoming translation or interpretation certification examinations.
Members receive preferential rates for professional development programs, errors and omissions insurance, extended health and dental insurance, home and travel insurance, and hotels stays.
Province-Wide Network of Colleagues
You can take advantage of the many opportunities available throughout the year to meet and interact with colleagues from all over the province. Broaden your own network of contacts and access new sources of information.