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Membership of the ATC is available to established companies able to provide full accounts of the previous three trading years. A minimum of 65% of the company’s core business must be the provision of translation services. As a member of the ATC, there are substantial business, financial and legal benefits available to your business and employees. In addition to the member activities these include:

Business

  • FREE legal, tax and HR advice through business support helpline
  • Member rate for professional insurance services
  • 20% discount on ISO certification via ATC ISO Certification Service
  • Use of ATC’s Certification Stamp (Accredited Members only)
  • Arbitration Service for resolving disputes over translation quality

Events

  • Member discount for ATC’s annual Language Industry Summit and networking events
  • Free or discounted rate to ATC training event and webinars
  • Discounts for Association Partners’ events

Marketing

  • Use of ATC and EUATC logos on website and marketing materials
  • Inclusion in online membership directory with logo, company description and hyperlink to website
  • Business referrals through directory and networking events

Members and Partners of the ATC form a network of language industry professionals, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn, share ideas and contribute to industry development.

Language Industry Summit and Networking Events

The highlight of the ATC’s social calendar is the Language Industry Summit, our annual conference taking place in late September. The Summit brings together UK and overseas language service companies, service and technology providers, prominent and inspiring speakers, and the ATC’s stakeholders for networking, learning and development.

The ATC also organises networking events across the country on topical issues. Come along and meet the Council and fellow industry professionals!

The Language Industry Survey

The ATC’s Language Industry Survey forms an on-going research base of key data about the translation and interpreting market in the United Kingdom.

By contributing to the research, you will be able to benchmark your company’s performance, compare your pricing, profitability and margins to those of other companies, and get an overview of the technology trends current in the industry.

Council  Membership

The ATC is the elected leadership body that governs and directs the ATC. The ATC’s Council is made up of Accredited Member representatives and Co-opted Council Members. Open Council Memberships are promoted when they become vacant. Meet the current Council here.

Lobbying

The ATC lobbies on behalf of its members’ interests at government level to ensure a sustainable future for language services in the UK. Get in touch and get involved if you feel passionate about making a change!

Accredited Members of the ATC have undergone the association’s rigorous background checks for financial and operational viability and quality management practices. Accredited Members comply with the ATC’s Code of Professional Conduct, and are subject to the association’s Complaints Handling Process.

Apply as Accredited Member via the Apply for Membership tab.

 

Eligibility Criteria

  • The company outsources language services
  • At least 65% of the company’s turnover is from language services (e.g. translation, interpreting)
  • The company has been operating for at least two years
  • Company accepts to comply with the ATC’s Code of Professional Conduct

 

Required Business Documentation

  • Financial accounts for the last two years of trading
  • Trading Terms & Conditions towards Clients
  • Trading Terms & Conditions towards Suppliers
  • Copy of Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Contract details for references (two client referees and two supplier referees)
  • Declaration on company letterhead to confirm that at least 65% of the company’s turnover is from language services, and that the company accepts to comply with the ATC’s Code of Professional Conduct
  • Declaration that none of the company’s Directors have past or pending County Court judgements against them

 

Required Quality Management Documentation

  • Copy of ISO standard certifications, if any:
    ISO 9001, ISO 17100, ISO 18587, ISO 18841, ISO 20228
  • Statement outlining the company’s quality management process
  • Description of the company’s test for translator/interpreter competence
  • Description of the company’s internal quality control process

 

Membership Fees

Latest Annual Turnover Fee
Up to £150,000 £350 + VAT
£150,001 – £500,000 £550 + VAT
£500,001 – £1,500,000 £750 + VAT
More than £1,500,000 £1,000 + VAT

 

Associate Members may upgrade their membership to Accredited at any time, subject to compliance with the above Accredited Member criteria, and an administration fee of £150.

Thank you for your interest in joining the ATC!

Please review the eligibility criteria and required documentation in the Eligibility and Criteria tab before submitting your application.

Once you are ready to begin the membership application process, fill in the form below to register an application account. You will be requested to pay a non-refundable £50 administration fee. Once the administration fee has been received at the ATC, you will be able to login to your account and completed the application process (incl. uploading any required supporting documents).

Please note: All documents must be in English. You will not be able to submit your application until all the required documents have been uploaded.

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