To be or not to be—a certified linguist, that is. The meaning of certification in our profession today has taken on a host of meanings, and this is not always a good thing.
With end users of interpreting and translation becoming more aware of the importance of certification in specific settings, it is useful to review the meanings of terms like certified, qualified, licensed, registered, etc.
This overview, provided by the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the Department of Justice, succinctly reviews what it means to be a certified linguist, and which questions are relevant to ask interpreters and Language Service Providers (LSPs) when entering into new business relationships.
For more information on certification, check out The Savvy Newcomer’s recent post on the issue here: https://atasavvynewcomer.org. Helen Eby and Daniela Guanipa do an excellent job at fleshing this subject out.
Aleyna Maria Tusa, Contributing EditorFEDS-what-does-it-mean-to-be-certified