About MAIT Courses

What are the major differences between interpreters and translators?

Both interpreters and translators work to render the source language clearly and accurately into the target language. Both need specialised training to work as a professional. Interpreters translate the speech in both directions while translators interpret the written word either from language A into language B or from language B into language A. Interpreters have to get the message and find the best wording promptly (within 3 – 5 seconds). The ability to speak and express well in both languages is an important mark. Translators have more time to analyse the source text and produce a well-written translation (e.g. 250 English words per hour). The ability to write and express well in the target language (normally your native language) is an important mark.

Are the courses at MAIT recognized?

MAIT is recognised by the Australian Government as provider of quality-assured and nationally recognised training and qualifications. Our Advanced Diploma of Translating (PSP61012) and Diploma of Interpreting (PSP52412) qualifications are accredited and recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and are recognised nationally. Our Advanced Diploma of Translating (PSP61012) (English and Chinese Both Directions) is approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI).

Is MAIT registered to provide courses to overseas students?

MAIT is registered on the Australian Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Our Advanced Diploma of Translating (PSP61012) and Diploma of Interpreting ( PSP 52421) are approved for delivery to overseas students. This means students successfully enrolled in this course and need a student visa will get the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from MAIT.

What is the Aptitude Test for getting enrolled in MAIT courses?

The Aptitude Test is intended to help both you and the teachers get a glimpse of your current abilities in languages in order to assess your readiness to start the course. The Aptitude Test is offered both online and onsite. Applicants will be contacted by email upon lodgement of the application. The Aptitude Test for the Advanced Diploma of Translating course consists of a written test of 2 hours duration (including reading time), in which candidates will be asked to translate one passage from English into Chinese and the other from Chinese into English. Dictionaries are allowed in the test. The Aptitude Test for the Diploma of Interpreting course consists of a diagnostic test of Chinese language.

What if I am not progressing well in my course?

At MAIT, we assure you that every effort will be made to assist and support you. Your teacher will be able to identify your progress and early intervention strategies to support your advancement through the program. You will be given every opportunity to learn. This includes one-to-one coaching and extra classes at no additional cost.

About NAATI Accreditation

What is NAATI Accreditation? How does it benefit me?

NAATI stands for the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI) is the body responsible for setting and monitoring the standards for the translating and interpreting profession in Australia. It does this through its system of accreditation. NAATI accreditation is the only credential officially accepted by employers for the profession of translation and interpreting in Australia. NAATI accreditation is widely recognised and internationally-known. This gives you a competitive advantage in your current or future employment. There are three ways to obtain the NAATI accreditation:

  1. by passing a NAATI accreditation test;
  2. by successful completion of a course of studies in translation and/or interpreting at an Australian institution as approved by NAATI;
  3. by providing evidence of a specialised tertiary qualifications in translation and/or interpreting obtained from a recognised educational institution overseas, or a membership of a recognized international professional Translation and/or Interpreting association.

Will I get NAATI accreditation automatically after completing the course at MAIT?

The NAATI approved course can result in a student being recommended for NAATI accreditation. MAIT’s PSP61012 Advanced Diploma of Translating course is approved by NAATI. It does not mean however that you receive your NAATI accreditation automatically. There are two different directions of NAATI accreditation for professional translators: e.g. translation from English into Chinese, translation from Chinese into English. You have the option of applying for one direction only or both. In order to be recommended to NAATI for accreditation in the relevant language direction, students need to complete the whole course satisfactorily with a mark of at least 50% for each prescribed unit, and achieve 70% overall in the summative assessment for NAATI recommendation in the relevant language direction unit. The two relevant units are: PSPTIS601A Translate Special Purpose Texts from English to Chinese and PSPTIS611A Translate Special Purpose Texts from Chinese to English.

What if I fail to score 70% in the summative assessment for NAATI recommendation?

If you complete the course satisfactorily, i.e. scores a mark of at least 50% for all the units in the course, but fails to score 70% or above in the summative assessment for NAATI recommendation in the relevant language direction unit, you could have the following options:

  1. Graduate with the relevant qualification, but without being recommended to NAATI for accreditation
  2. Sit a Supplementary Assessment for NAATI Recommendation
  3. Take the NAATI exam externally

What is the Supplementary Assessment for NAATI Recommendation?

Students who fail to meet the requirement for recommendation for NAATI accreditation in the summative assessment may be given one further opportunity to meet the requirement by sitting a supplementary assessment administered by MAIT. The conditions are as follows:

  1. You have been assessed to have achieved 65% in the formal assessment.
  2. The supplementary assessment must be taken within three months from the date of the formal assessment