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How to apply

If you are a first time applicant for NZSTI membership, read this page carefully and then click 'Continue' to access the online application form. If you have previously been a member of NZSTI or applied for membership, do not use this form. Instead, go to the re-application page to complete the relevant form. 

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You must currently live in New Zealand, be a New Zealand citizen or provide proof of significant ties to New Zealand in order to be eligible for NZSTI membership (such as proof you lived in NZ for 5 or more years and continue to have strong personal ties to the country).

Full and Affiliate membership of NZSTI is specifically granted for translation and/or interpreting, depending on each member's qualifications. On the application form, you will be asked to specify your native language (with a brief explanation) and your translation and/or interpreting language pairs. Membership for interpreting language pairs is awarded in both directions (e.g. Mandarin to/from English). Membership for translation is normally awarded in one direction, being into your native language (e.g. German to English and French to English). Your qualifications must support your requested language pairs for membership.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide your qualifications and other supporting documents. You can do this by emailing or posting certified copies of your qualifications in translating and/or interpreting, or by sharing your eQuals or similar online credentials with NZSTI ( Please ensure your documents meet the following criteria:

  • State your translation and/or interpreting qualifications
  • Include academic transcripts showing courses and grades obtained
  • State the language(s) you were examined in
  • If your qualification documents are not in English, please provide certified translations

Each application is assessed individually by the NZSTI Membership Committee and, if accepted, you will be offered the highest membership level for which you qualify. In all but rare cases, NZSTI membership is awarded based on qualifications in translation and/or interpreting only.

For information on the eligibility criteria for our different membership categories, see the Eligibility page.

Note that incomplete applications will not be assessed and will lapse after two months. For a complete application, you must complete the online application form and then send us the required documents (qualifications, transcripts, logbook, etc.), along with any other documents we request.

Joining fees 

If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation email and an invoice for your membership fees and joining fee. Your membership will be activated once your fees have been received in full. To check our fees, visit our Fees page.

You will not be invoiced if your application is not accepted.

Once you have completed the online form, remember to email your documents to as soon as possible.



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