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DISCUSSION ON TWO PROPOSED BYLAWS AMENDMENTS continued

The issue of removing
membership as an eligibility
requirement for taking the
certification exam (aka
"decoupling") has been around
for at least 20 years now.

restricting certification to members only
flies in the face of our Bylaws.
Restricting the Certified Translator
designation to members only is something
one would expect from a protectionistbased medieval guild composed of
"masters" and "journeymen," not a
modern professional association such
as ATA. Based on our own Bylaws and
recognized standards and principles for
valid certification programs, membership
should be eliminated as an eligibility
requirement for the certification exam. It's
the right thing to do. I therefore urge you
to vote in favor of the proposed Bylaws
amendment so that ATA can follow its
stated objectives and adhere to current,
accepted practice and quality standards of
professional certification programs.
NOTES
1.	
"Member Opinions: Discussion on
Opening ATA's Exam to Nonmembers,"
The ATA Chronicle (January/February
2020), 12, http://bit.ly/opinions-Jan-Feb.
2.	

"Member Opinions: Discussion on
Opening ATA's Exam to Nonmembers,"
The ATA Chronicle (March/April 2020), 10,
http://bit.ly/opinions-March-April.

3.	

Letters to the Editor, The ATA Chronicle
(May/June 2020), 5, http://bit.ly/lettersMay-June.

4.	

"Member Opinions: Discussion on
Opening ATA's Exam to Nonmembers,"
The ATA Chronicle (July/August 2020), 14,
http://bit.ly/opinions-July-August.

5.	

ATA Accreditation Program Report
(Michael Hamm & Associates, 2000),
http://bit.ly/Hamm-report.

6.	

Knapp, Lorena. "Certification Consultant's
Statement on the Membership
Requirement for ATA Certification,"
The ATA Chronicle (July/August 2020), 12,
http://bit.ly/consultant-statement.

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The ATA Chronicle | September/October 2020

STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF PROPOSED DECOUPLING BYLAWS AMENDMENT
We, the undersigned former officers and directors of the American Translators
Association, do hereby voice our support for the Bylaws amendment proposed by the
Board of Directors clarifying that taking ATA's certification exam is not an exclusive
membership right and that, therefore, nonmembers may be allowed to take the certification
exam in accordance with policies and procedures approved by the Board of Directors.
We urge all Active and Corresponding Members of ATA to vote FOR the proposed
Bylaws amendment.
Ann Macfarlane
President/President-Elect (1997-2001)
Corinne McKay
President/President-Elect (2015-2019);
Director (2012-2015)
David Rumsey
President/President-Elect (2013-2017);
Director (2008-2013)
Jiri Stejskal
President/President-Elect (2005-2009);
Treasurer (2001-2005)
Caitilin Walsh
President/President-Elect (2011-2015);
Director (2007-2010)
Thomas West III
President/President-Elect (1999-2003);
Director (1996-1999)
Rudy Heller
Secretary (2015-2016); Director
(2013-2014)
Jane Maier
Secretary (2016-2017); Director
(2013-2016), (1988-1994)
Alan Melby
Secretary (2003-2007); Director
(1997-2003), (2007-2013)

Boris Silversteyn
Secretary (2011-2015); Director
(2005-2011)
Beatriz Bonnet
Director (2000-2005)
Robert Croese
Director (2001-2004)
Evelyn Yang Garland
Director (2013-2019)
Jean Leblon
Director (2003-2006)
Odile Legeay
Director (2009-2015)
Jacki Noh
Director (2005-2008)
Frieda Ruppaner-Lind
Director (2009-2012), (2015-2018)
Faiza Sultan
Director (2012-2018)
Izumi Suzuki
Director (1997-2000)
Liliana Valenzuela
Director (2005-2008)
Madeleine Velguth
Director (2001-2002)

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