In the Pacific Northwest, there are two translation certification programs available.

The details of these programs have been explained in a comparison chart. In the following chart, we will simply go through the comparative pass rates of the two programs.

Translation Certification Exam Pass Rates

 ATAWA DSHS
English to Cambodian72% (29 test takers)
English to Chinese13.41%72%
English to Korean64%
English to Lao77% (13 test takers)
English to Russian15.23%61%
English to Spanish11.76%27%
English to Vietnamese35%
English to French9.09%
English to German27.36%
English to Italian28.57%
English to Japanese19.28%
English to Portuguese28.97%
English to Polish19.28%
Russian to English28.23%
Spanish to English12.04%
French to English18.22%
German to English26.78%
Japanese to English13.27%
Portuguese to English22.14%
Arabic to English9%
Comparison of ATA and WA DSHS pass rates.
ATA data from http://www.atanet.org/chronicle-online/wp-content/uploads/new-Table-1-Cert.jpg. Not all ATA certified languages are reported on this chart.
WA DSHS Data from Dr. Hungling Fu, Washington DSHS, email dated April 19, 2017