Being able to speak two languages well isn’t enough to be a professional certified translator. One has to complete certain education or courses and attain recognised certifications to be part of the network of professional certified translators.

But what separates the professional from the novice translators are the certifications that they carry. And you can bet that the benefits they bring to the table differ by a significant amount.

In this piece, we’ll be sharing more on what it takes to be a certified translator and why this is so important for you to hire only professional certified translators.

In Singapore, a professional certified translator should have at least a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in any discipline from a college or university.

What separates the great from good are certifications like the Certification Examination for Professional Translators (CEPT)or others like the American Translators Association (ATA), National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators for legal translation, and National Board of Certified Medical Interpreters (CMI) for medical translation.

Importance of Getting Professional Certified Translators
Quality and Accuracy
Quality is a rather vague attribute to some of us. A big indicator of a qualified translator would be having accurate translations.

Inaccuracies, even the smallest of them, can lead to misunderstanding and complications for both parties. This is especially so when it comes to legal or medical documents where people’s lives are on the line.
A certified translator — one with the right certifications — will be proof of their competence for the job.

Certified translators are experienced, and their experience can go a long way in delivering work faster and saving you time as compared to a translator that is inexperienced.

With prompt delivery on a consistent basis, extended timelines that cost time and money would not be something you need to constantly worry about.

In addition, they are able to manage tight deadlines better with minimal chances or error because they have most probably done this before.

So if you have a project that needs someone like this, a certified translator is the way to go.

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Author's Bio: 

Jamie Cheng is the owner of Digital Alpha Agency and helps Translated Right with article writing! Translated Right is a translation services agency in Singapore.