As the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been declared a Public Health Emergency, the government of Australia is alert and on guard to take the right actions to control the further spread of the virus. In the face of the rapidly spreading disease, the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) has suspended all face-to-face testing to prevent further transmission of the disease and support control measures directed by the government of Australia.
The protection of test candidates as well as the staff members of the organizations is of utmost priority. Precautions are crucial to curb the potential spread of the Covid-19 virus in the exam settings. Keeping this in mind, the authorities at NAATI has decided to introduce an online system for the Credential Community Exam (CCE) till December 30, 2020.
NAATI is basically a certifying authority for translators and interpreters in Australia. As the only designated non-profit organization, NAATI is responsible for issuing certifications to practitioners who want to migrate to Australia and continue working in their profession in Australia. The organization also promotes high professional standards in Australia.
In the coming few weeks, NAATI will reveal guidelines for the online CCL test for applicants who have their slots books during this period. For candidates, who are yet to apply for the test will be able to do so from September onwards as testing will be arranged after a careful consultation. Authorities at NAATI are actively looking for options to help the applicants appearing for the Certified Translator testing, which is expected to be available within a few months. Additionally, candidates who have their test booked will be contacted directly by NAATI to help them make the necessary arrangements for the new online test.
The new online system will help Australia PR Visa applicants avoid unnecessary travel time and expense they would bear otherwise to write the exam. Earlier applicants were required to apply for a visit visa and buy travel tickets too in order to appear for the exam.
In addition to the above, NAATI has also made Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and Tamil a part of the CCE language along with other languages, such as Spanish, French, and German. And, also allows candidates proficient at any additional language to appear for the CCE and get 5 additional points over their Australia immigration points.