Accreditation of corporate members
Corporate membership of the Institute was introduced in 2008. Only accredited members have voting rights within the Institute, and this applies to corporate members as well. Corporate accreditation takes a different form from individual accreditation and is aimed at ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout the profession.
Relationship between corporate accreditation, individual accreditation and voting rights
Corporate membership of language offices is based on the accreditation of individual employees. In such cases, the corporate member is responsible for the fees related to the testing of the individuals. Once the requisite number of members have been accredited or other requirements met, the corporate member will obtain one vote in Institute affairs, which will be exercised by the registered representative of the corporate member. This vote is unrelated to any individual vote an employee may have acquired through accreditation and individual membership.
The individual will retain their personal accreditation without becoming an individual member for as long as they remain in the employ of the corporate member. Being accredited, they become eligible for an individual vote in Institute affairs if they also register as individual members of the Institute by paying a rate of half the normal individual membership fee.
Employees of corporate members who are already accredited at the time the corporate members join the Institute will retain their accreditation without becoming individual members for as long as they remain in the employ of the corporate member. If they leave the corporate member or if the membership of the corporate member is terminated or withdrawn, they must register as individual members of the Institute within one month or they will lose their accreditation. If they wish to exercise an individual vote in Institution affairs, they must also register as individual members by paying a rate of half the normal individual membership fee.
Process of accreditation for language office corporate members
To be eligible for accreditation, language offices must have been a SATI member for at least one year and must have no pending disciplinary action or rulings against them. Accreditation will be granted if a minimum of 25% of an office’s employees are accredited by SATI.
The accreditation of an office’s employees follows the same process as that for individual members. The exam fee is borne by the corporate member and the accreditation remains valid only for as long as the employee remains in the employ of the corporate member. The accredited individuals become eligible for an individual vote in Institute affairs if they also register as individual members of the Institute by paying a rate of half the normal individual membership fee. If the entity’s corporate membership expires or is revoked, the accreditation of all employees will lapse, unless they register as individual members of the Institute within one month after the corporate member’s membership is discontinued.
Retention of accredited status
For a language office to retain its accredited status, a list of its current employees and their accredited status must be submitted upon renewal of membership each year, so that compliance can be checked.
The accreditation fee for a language office is the same as that for an individual, and in addition each person undertaking an accreditation exam will have to pay the relevant fee.
Download more detailed information from the links below.
Consult the relevant sections under Accreditation for information on individual accreditation of employees.
Contact the SATI office for an application form for accreditation.
Any queries can be directed to the SATI office.
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