Upcoming Events

Links to register for events are at the bottom of the page.

Examinations:

To become an associate member of ATIA, you must pass the examination process for EITHER Interpreters OR Translators. After you become an associate member, you can write the examinations for other membership categories or language combinations. 

The next examinations that you can register for will held in the spring of 2020 and the link will be open on the website in late November. Registration deadline: December 31, 2019. 

Interpreters must pass the ATIA's Code of Ethics Examination and then submit an Application for Review (education and experience) within one year. See the applications in the specific interpreter areas on the Membership page.

Translators must pass ATIA's Code of Ethics Examination and the English Proficiency for Translators Examination prior to registering for the associate-level Translation Examination. 

Registration for the Associate-level Translation Examination (for candidates who have passed the Code of Ethics for Translators Examination and the English Proficiency Examination) will be open on the website in late September 2019.

Associate Examination Procedure For Translators Fall 2019

Associate Examination Procedure For Interpreters Fall 2019

Examination Dates:

Mandatory Information Sessions for Examination Registrants will be held on Saturday morning in in January 2020 in Edmonton and in Calgary, 10:00 a.m. to noonWhen you register for any of the examinations you are automatically registered for the mandatory Information Session for Examination Registrants.

March 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Calgary and Edmonton: Examinations Offered: Code of Ethics for Interpreters ($60), Code of Ethics for Translators ($60), and English Proficiency for Translators ($30). Translators can write both examinations.

April 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Calgary and Edmonton:  Associate-level Translation Examination ($125). The pre-requisites: pass the Code of Ethics Examination for Translators and the English Proficiency Examination. The registration for this examination will be open in March 2020.

Webinars:

We will host several webinars before the next associate-level examinations! You can register for each one individually, or save by registering for the bundles that are offered!

Registration for these optional professional development opportunities will be open after July 20.

Reading Comprehension Examination Preparation with Roula Salam

August 9 and 10 (Friday 6 pm to 8 pm / Saturday 10 am to 12 noon)

This two-part webinar will help prepare you for the Language Proficiency Reading Comprehension Exam by focusing on important reading comprehension skills, such as skimming for main idea, scanning for information identifying textual structure, making inferences, evaluating a text, guessing meaning from context, timed reading, and more!  

We will focus on different skills in each webinar, and there will be practice exercises and homework as well. 

Cost: Each webinar is $40.00 (or you can purchase both for $70) Registration Deadline: August 5 (minimum number of participants is 14)

  • Roula Salam, PhD, CTr is a certified Arabic-English translator. She teaches English at the University of Alberta and is the Managing Partner of Words Without Borders Inc..

Code of Ethics Examination Preparation with Regina Landeck

August 24, Saturday, 10 am to 12 noon

Cost: $40.00 Registration Deadline: August 19 (minimum number of participants is 14)

This webinar will provide an overview of ATIA's Code of Ethics and the rationale behind the provisions of the Code. We will discuss some of the ethical challenges we face as translators and/or interpreters. A mini exam will offer the participants an opportunity to practice for the Code of Ethics exam.

An Introduction to Translation Webinar Series with Regina Landeck

September 23, Monday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Source Text and Target Text

  • Many exams fail because the candidate did not successfully analyze the source text for its meaning, structure, background, tone, and literary devices. This webinar aims at raising awareness of these important aspects of a successful translation.

September 24, Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Translation Processes and Practice Session

  • What goes into a successful translation? Which processes are involved? This webinar will provide some guidance. Candidates are requested to translate a text before the webinar. We will discuss the translation processes and look at the elements that make this text challenging.

September 25, Wednesday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Revision Techniques

  • Translation - like writing - is a process. The first draft is never the final version. In this webinar, we will discuss revision techniques for exams and professional translation work.

September 26, Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Freelancing as a Translator

  • Most translators in Canada are freelancers. Taking the step toward self-employment can be scary and requires serious thought and preparation. This webinar offers some food for thought about freelancing in today's global economy.

Cost: Each webinar is $40.00 (or you can purchase all four for $140) 

Registration Deadline: TBA (minimum number of participants is 14) 

  • Regina Landeck has been running her translation company, ProLingua Consulting, since 1998. She is a certified member of ATIA for German to English and English to German. Her educational background includes a Law Degree from Germany, a Post-graduate Diploma in Adult Education from the University of Alberta and a Master’s Degree in Translation from the University of the West of England. She has many years of experience teaching English as a Second Language, has developed online teaching materials and currently edits German language courses for Athabasca University. For 10 years, she taught the ‘Advanced German to English Legal Translation’ course in the Translation Certificate Program at New York University. Regina started serving on the  Council of ATIA in 1995 and was the President of ATIA for 12 years She is very active within the professional community at the provincial and national level.

English Grammar and Punctuation for Language Professionals: A three-part series with Margaret Chandler

Dates to be announced

This seminar will help you develop and refine the grammatical skills you need to be a clear and concise writer. 

Building Blocks: A Review of Parts of Speech and Sentence Structure

Common Grammatical Mistakes and Some Issues Specific to Non-Native English Speakers

Punctuation Refresher and Best Contemporary Practices 

Cost: Each webinar is $40.00 (or you can purchase all three for $105) Registration Deadline: TBA (minimum number of participants is 14)

This three-part webinar will help you refine your understanding of the rules and conventions that govern English grammar and punctuation. You’ll leave the webinar with skills and resources to help you write clearly and correctly.

Before the webinar, you will complete a short questionnaire and return it. There will also be some  readings and assignments.

During the webinar, Margaret will deliver a presentation, review the assignment, take any questions, and review a couple of mock exam questions. 

  • Margaret Chandler is a teacher, writer, and editor. She teaches business writing, grammar, style, and editing at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University and delivers workshops to various organizations. She has a BA in history and a MEd in Adult Education.
    Margaret enjoys sharing her passion for the English language and helping people become better writers. Her courses are challenging, engaging, and relevant. Students appreciate the practical tools, techniques, and resources she provides that make the writing process less difficult and more rewarding.
    She is the author of Good Writing Is Good Business: Your go-to guide to stylish and successful business writing, which was published in 2017. 

Webinar Cancellation / Refund Policies:

ATIA reserves the right to cancel this program due to unforeseen circumstances. If this should occur, registrants will be given full refunds. A minimum number of 14 is required for each webinar to run.

No refunds will be issued after the pre-webinar materials have been emailed to you. Cancellations received 5 days before each webinar will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be issued 4 days before the webinar. By registering for the workshop, you agree to these terms and conditions.

English Proficiency for Translators Examination

Edmonton

  • Info Session: 20 Jul, 2019
  • Section 1 Exam: 14 Sep, 2019
  • Section 2 Exam: 12 Oct, 2019

Calgary

  • Info Session: 27 Jul, 2019
  • Section 1 Exam: 14 Sep, 2019
  • Section 2 Exam: 12 Oct, 2019
Register

Code of Ethics Examination for Translators

Edmonton

  • Info Session: 20 Jul, 2019
  • Section 1 Exam: 14 Sep, 2019
  • Section 2 Exam: 12 Oct, 2019

Calgary

  • Info Session: 27 Jul, 2019
  • Section 1 Exam: 14 Sep, 2019
  • Section 2 Exam: 12 Oct, 2019
Register

Code of Ethics Examination for Interpreters

Edmonton

  • Info Session: 20 Jul, 2019
  • Section 1 Exam: 14 Sep, 2019

Calgary

  • Info Session: 27 Jul, 2019
  • Section 1 Exam: 14 Sep, 2019
Register