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Membership categories

All applicants must live and work in New Zealand or must have previously lived here and retain significant links to New Zealand.

Applicants may be accepted into NZSTI in one of the following categories:

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 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 member, honorary member and overseas member are conferred at the discretion NZSTI’s national council.

Click here for more information about membership eligibility



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