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Examinations, Certifications & Professional Training

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The topic of globalisation is gaining momentum in the world of associations and professional organisations. Up until now, many have been content just to serve their own membership within their own countries and they have done this very well. So, why should associations look at global certification translation and adaptation?

We now live in a world where there is unprecedented interconnection between different cultures. There has been an increase in global alliances and supply chains, with new markets and new products constantly emerging. This interconnection requires people to have global skills which are transportable, and this is where internationally recognised professional certifications are coming into their own.

Many organisations offering professional training, certification and accreditation already have members across the world. English-language certifications produced in countries like the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK are held in high regard by people in other countries and, as a result, are in high demand.

Why translate?

If a professional association is striving to better the career prospects of its members and improve their knowledge of the subject matter, then a test of their competency in the Body of Knowledge (BoK) should not depend on their level of English; English proficiency can be tested using a TOEFL test.

What are you testing? The candidates’ knowledge of English or their knowledge of the subject matter? For any subject, the knowledge of the subject matter should be the most important consideration.

Hints & Tips

There are many different areas that need to be considered well in advance of the start of the translation process. You will need to look at the technical side, security, level of demand, target countries, your own internal structures, marketing and local support.

We have partnerships in place with experts in this area, who can assist you to build a plan for success.

Which country?

In order to determine which language to tackle first, it is useful to look at the country from which you are receiving the greatest level of demand.

What are some of the initial considerations?

While offering a certification or training programme in another language and/or country can create an expansion opportunity for your association and an opportunity to increase your global relevance, the journey to seizing such opportunities requires a sound strategy and the expertise to execute it.

The above is not an exhaustive list of all the areas for consideration. There are many different aspects to consider before you even get to the translation stage. We can help with consultation services to help you to produce a plan for moving forward with putting your certification into another language.

Wealth of expertise

We have a wealth of experience in the translation and adaptation of all types of test, assessment and exam. We work for some of the leading names across a wide variety of subject areas, including the following:

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  • Health and Safety
  • Restaurant Hygiene
  • IT
  • Psychology
  • Arboriculture
  • Behaviour
  • Veterinary Science
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Retail, and many more.

It is also important to consider that you don’t just need to translate the exam materials, but also all the training and preparation materials, marketing materials, website and more. You can find more information on our work with marketing materials and website localisation on the relevant service pages.

Top Tips for Localising Certifications

We spoke to Martin Mackain-Bremner, Head of Assessments at AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), who gave us some of his top tips learnt when globalising a certification programme.

Request a quotation

If you would like a quotation, please provide us with the following information:

  1. Which type of material do you need to have translated (i.e. assessment, test, exam, reports, etc.)?
  2. Which language or languages do you need and for which locales?
  3. Do you require both forward and back translation?
  4. Do you need expert review, cognitive debriefing or normative data collection services?
  5. In which format will the text to be translated come to us (Word, Excel, HTML, PowerPoint, QuarkXpress, etc.)?
  6. In which format would you like it to be returned to you?

Please contact us if you would like to send the materials by email or secure FTP so that we can ascertain if there is anything else that we need to know in order to give you an accurate quotation.