The Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters (MATI) to host a sitting of the American Translators Association's Certification Exam in Translation on February 28 at IUPUI

The American Translators Association (ATA) is the largest professional association of translators and interpreters in the U.S. with over 9,000 members. ATA's primary goals include fostering and supporting the professional development of translators and interpreters and promoting the translation and interpreting professions. As part of accomplishing this mission, the ATA offers a Certification Program that serves to evaluate the competence of translators in twenty-four language combinations according to guidelines that reflect current professional practice. As such, the ATA benefits both translators and interpreters through educational, mentoring and professional programs. It also offers a means of authenticating professional credentials and language proficiency to consumers of translation and interpretation services.

The Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters (MATI), a regional chapter of the ATA which includes Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, will sponsor an ATA Certification Exam sitting on the IUPUI campus on February 28, 2004. The sitting will be held in conjunction with MATI's first educational program in Indianapolis, which will offer workshops for language professionals.

Registration for the exam requires candidates to offer proof that they meet eligibility requirements as well as be a member of ATA for at least one month before an exam sitting. More information about ATA and all three forms are available on the ATA web site www.atanet.org or by calling 703-683-6100, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.