Certified Translations – Should You Get Qualified?

Depending on where you live and work will determine whether or not certified translations are indeed of any relevance.  If they are, chances are it hasn’t escaped your attention that they tend to go for premium prices.  Which is of course is exactly the kind of thing that appeals to anyone working in a freelance position, looking to grow their client-base and improve revenues at the same time.

But given the fact that there’s a great deal of commitment involved in becoming qualified to carry out such translations, is it something that you should really be thinking about doing?

Well, to be honest it all comes down to your current position, where you would like to see yourself in the future and what exactly it is you specialise in when it comes to translations.  If you have a genuine interest in translating official documents, technical language and important texts in general, considering working towards full certification might not be a bad idea.  Likewise, it’s worth remembering that as soon as you are officially qualified to perform certified translations, this is the kind of credential that will immediately enhance your profile and appeal in the eyes of prospective clients.

On the other hand, if you are quite happy working with somewhat more casual texts and content, there may not be a great deal to gain by studying for this kind of certification.  After all, it is the kind of process that is only worthwhile if you plan on putting it to use on the other side.  Otherwise, you might be just fine as you already are.

A slightly vague summary?  Indeed, but given the fact that it all comes down to personal preferences and ambition, there really is no concrete answer to give.

Nevertheless, studying to become qualified to carry out certified translations is something that every freelance translator should not least consider at one point or another.  Check out where, when and if the required courses are available and where you are based and weigh up what exactly are you stand to get out of the process, should you decide to go ahead with it.