Certification by Examination
The following information applies only to translators. The certification criteria for terminologists and interpreters will be addressed at a later date.
Standard Certification Examination of the Council of Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters of Canada (CTTIC)
The Standard Certification Examination is aimed at professionals who would like their skills to be peer-assessed to determine if their translations are idiomatic and reliable, with little or no revision compared to the source text. The exam is held every year in major cities throughout Canada.
The registration deadline for the standard examination is January 15 in the year of the next exam.
Before you submit an application to take the standard examination, you must meet one of the following elegibility criteria:
(a) hold a B.A. degree in translation AND have one year of full-time professional translation experience;
(b) hold a recognised university degree (B.A., B. Sc., M.A., etc.) and the Certificate in Translation from St. Boniface College AND have one year of full-time professional translation experience (this criterion applies to translators in the official languages of Canada only) ;
(c) have four years of professional translation experience (this criterion applies to everyone who does not meet the two criteria listed above).
Equivalent of one year of professional translation experience
To calculate professional experience, the following equivalents are applied:
One year of full-time professional experience is equivalent to the translation of:
- 112,500 words/year (official languages)
- 80,000 words/year (Spanish)
- 25,000 words/year (other languages)
One year of part-time professional experience is equivalent to the translation of:
- 50,000 words/year (official languages)
- 32,000 words/year (Spanish)
- 10,000 words /year (other languages), on average
One year of part-time professional experience is equivalent to one half-year for the purpose of calculating professional experience.
Candidates who would like to register for the examination must submit the following documents before the registration deadline:
their curriculum vitae (CV)
a letter indicating the length of their professional experience and the language combination in which they would like to take the exam
confirmation of professional experience or of length of employment from their employers or clients
Address for submitting applications:
200 Avenue de la Cathédrale
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0H7
To learn more about the examination marking method and the appeal procedure, candidates can consult the Candidate's Guide for the CTTIC Standard Certification Examination in Translation (PDF document)