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Membership categories

NZSTI awards membership based on qualifications and experience. The membership categories are:

Full Member

Persons with a high level of certified and validated competency in either translating or interpreting in their chosen language pairs.


Persons who do not meet the criteria for full member status. Generally affiliates will have attended part-time training courses to obtain qualifications in translation and/or interpreting studies or have validated competency in either translating or interpreting.


Persons who are currently studying at a tertiary institution in New Zealand. Student membership is for a period of two years only, after which the member becomes an observer of NZSTI or, if they meet the requirements, may become a full member or affiliate.


Persons who have an interest in the society and profession but do not meet the criteria for either full member or affiliate status. This category is also suitable for T&I students and trainers. Observers are not considered to be qualified active practitioners and therefore may not describe themselves as a 'translator' or 'interpreter'.

The categories of fellow, retired and honorary member are conferred at the discretion NZSTI’s national council.

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