At the beginning of August, Portuguese translator/interpreter Cris Silva wrote about her newly-obtained ATA-certified translator seal. This is an exciting development for all of us CTs (as ATA-certified translators can now call themselves!): a great addition to a certified translator’s marketing materials and official document translations.
Call me technologically disabled, but I had a hard time figuring out how to actually order my seal. Maybe you’re struggling in silence with this issue too, so let me help you! ATA has set up a very cool electronic verification system for the Certified Translator credential. If a client goes to atanet.org/verify, they can type in your certification number (included on your Certified Translator seal) and verify that you are actually certified. If you scroll down to the very bottom of that page, you’ll see some text that begins “If you are an ATA-certified member who would like to get your unique certification number…” and that’s what you want. First, make sure that you’re logged in as an ATA member using your member number and password and then click where it says “click here” (I told you I was going to help…). The system will recognize you and auto-generate your certification number and seal right there. You can then download the seal for your own use; just make sure to abide by the rules for use, including leaving the “Verify at www.atanet.org/verify” text below the seal image. A local translator who is certified in two language combinations told me that you receive a different certification number and seal for each language combination in which you are certified.