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Accepted by all UK government departments and
other institutions, or your money back.
"Hi, and welcome to our website. We'd like to start off by getting your attention - yes, we really can offer you the certified translation service you need at a price that we guarantee will beat all other genuine offers. But please keep reading to find out a bit more about what a certified translation actually is, our unique set-up and service, and how we at Certified Translation UK are able to provide our high-quality translations at the lowest prices around."
What is a Certified Translation?
In the UK, a certified translation is simply one which comes with a statement made by the translator or translation agency guaranteeing its accuracy, along with the date, the translator's credentials and contact details. Ours are signed and stamped and are also proofread for an added guarantee of accuracy. (Ask us to send you a free sample translation if you'd like to see one of ours, or simply click this link to view one.) This is the type of certification that is required by UK government bodies such as the Home Office and the UK Border Agency, as well as by universities and most foreign embassies in the UK. Although there is no specific qualification required in this country for a translator to certify a document, all of our translations are carried out by members of the ITI (Institute of Translation and Interpreting) or the CIOL (Chartered Institute of Linguists) or by a translator who is employed by a member or the ATC (Association of Translation Companies). This is a requisite for certification by certain UK government departments, so we ensure we are qualified to the highest level in order to guarantee acceptance. As a group we are not and cannot be members of these organisations, it is as individuals that we are affiliated with them through either direct membership (CIOL and ITI) or employment by a member (ATC).
A certified translation guarantees its accuracy and contains the name and contact number of the translator or project manager, who can vouch for that accuracy and may be contacted by the requesting organisation in order to do so. Despite this assurance, certifying a translation is not a complicated procedure and we as a group of freelancers feel that it is something that clients are generally overcharged for by translation agencies. With this in mind we set up our group dedicated to the provision of a certified translation service at a fair price, and which we guarantee will be the cheapest on the UK market. Our unique set-up also helps here - you work directly with professional, qualified and experienced freelancers with no VAT, agency fees, margins or overheads. So, whether you're a regular customer, a friend recommended us, or you found us through a Google search, just get in touch for a quote. We also encourage you to ask other providers for quotes so you can compare prices. We find we are usually cheaper to begin with, but in the case that we're not, we promise to lower our quote to beat the competitors' prices. This is how we are able to guarantee the lowest prices on the market.
Types of Certified Translations
Different organisations and agencies sometimes have slightly varying specifications. Some require a signature and stamp and for these, you may need a hard copy delivered, while on other occasions a digital version with an electronic signature will suffice. While we do have lots of experience on the matter and can give our honest opinion on which service is right for you, it is best if you verify with the requesting organisation which type of certified translation is required before placing your order.
Basic certification is what is required 99% of the time we receive requests, and if you have been asked for a “certified translation”, a “sworn translation”, an “official translation”, a “legal translation”, or simply “certificate translation”, this is most likely what is needed. We concentrate on this type of certification as it helps keep down our costs and enables us to continue offering our services at unbeatable prices. For certificate translation for use at the Home Office, for visa, residency and passport applications, university procedures, proof of identity etc., this is the level of certification that you will need. Very occasionally you may need a higher level. These are generally for use before the courts and if you have been specifically asked for a notarised or legalised translation or an apostille, unfortunately we cannot offer this service. However, we do have many contacts in the industry and will be happy to point you in the right direction. One point worth noting is that if you have been told that you need an apostille of your translation, this is most likely a mistake. Apostilles certify the authenticity of the original document, rather than the accuracy of the translation thereof. Once you have your apostille of your document - usually issued by the government of the country of issue - we can proceed to carry out an official translation of the original (plus the apostille itself, if necessary). We know that it is a confusing topic, with many different terms often referring to the same process - “certified translation”, “sworn translation”, “official translation”, “legal translation”,“certificate translation” - so if you have any questions at all, feel free to get in touch. Certified Translation UK offers expert advice for free with no obligation or pressure to use our service.
A Small Selection of Our Reviews and Testimonials
“Thank you for your hard work. You have been extremely efficient, competent and significantly less expensive than anyone else we have used before. We have asked for your assistance on numerous occasions, needing a certificate translation service from different languages and we have always been very satisfied. It is a pleasure working with you.” Miller Sands Solicitors, Cambridge
“Quick and extremely reliable service. I’m a health professional and will recommend Certified Translation UK to everyone.”
Maite Ferrin, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, NHS
“Brilliant quick service, immediate replies and exceptionally high quality of English translation for difficult legal documents in German and Russian. I will certainly contact the company again and again in the future;
I highly recommend it!”
Ekaterina Shamonina, Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
Where can our translations be used?
Since we follow the UK government’s guidelines for our certifications, they are ideal for use within the UK. This works well since a very high proportion of the requests we get are for use with the UK government itself. Certified translations for use outside the UK are a bit more complicated. Very often embassies abroad (certainly British embassies), foreign government bodies and universities and similar institutions will accept UK certification without problems, but we can’t guarantee this and we suggest you send the requesting authority one of our example translations (or this link) to check before placing your order with us. Certain countries have very strict rules about certification of translations and we don't recommend you use translations certified according to UK government guidelines there. However, we do have many contacts in the translation industry, and can always reach out to the suitable freelancer in order to get just what you need. We now have locally registered certified translators in all EU countries along with many others outside of Europe, so we can provide country-specific certified translations easily and quickly. These translations may be a little more expensive than our standard UK service. Whatever you need, it’s always worth asking, as Certified Translation UK can almost always find the right translator for your needs thanks to our very large global network of experienced and qualified freelancers.
First of all, we’ll need you to email us a copy of the original document or certificate you need translating. If you only have it in paper form, then a scan or good quality photo is fine. Once we’ve seen it, we’ll be able to give you a fixed quote. You’ll be given the option of receiving a digital version or having both a digital and a hard copy created and sent out to you. We offer a £10 discount if you go for the first option. The digital version is usually fine for most purposes, you can just print it out yourself and it covers all the requirements of the UK government guidelines for certified translations, although certain organisations do request a physical stamp and/or hand-signed signature, so it’s best to check with the requesting body.
We’re confident that you won’t receive a cheaper quote elsewhere, but if you do, just send us the details (price, company or translator name and contact details) and we promise to beat it. If you’re happy with our quote, we’ll provide you with our banking and/or PayPal details for payment. We also now have the capacity to accept payment by credit card. Once we receive payment we will go ahead with the translation right away. The vast majority of the requests we receive are for certificates of up to a few pages in length, and for these we aim to have your translation ready within 24 hours. Bigger jobs will obviously take us a bit longer, but we still aim for a speedy service. Once the translation has been completed, we’ll send you the draft version by email to check that you are happy with it. If you’d like to suggest any amendments, we can go ahead and make them at this point.
Once you’re satisfied with the translation, we’ll go ahead and certify the translation and send it over to you by email. We’ll also create the hard copy if you’ve gone for that option and get it in the post to you.
If you’re still not convinced you can take a look at the testimonials from some of our satisfied customers here to get an unbiased opinion of our services. If you go ahead with a translation with us, we’ll ask you for one too at the end of the process. After that, if any problems arise with the acceptance of your translation, we’ll be available to help, free of charge. We also offer a full money back guarantee in the case that your translation is not accepted. We have yet to have anyone take us up on this, but the offer remains.
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Our Translators' Credentials
In the UK the translation industry is unregulated, and this is part of the reason why the rules for certification are a little unclear and inconsistent. It also means that anyone can “certify” that a translation is accurate. For this reason it is very important to ensure that the translator has certain credentials. Anyone certifying a translation for you for use in the UK should be a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Institute of Translators and Interpreters or be employed by an agency which is a member of the Association of Translation Companies. UK government departments have also recently informed us that translators with membership to comparable foreign organisations, such as the American Translators Association, are also eligible to provide certified translations for use in the UK. The Certified Translation UK team now also includes translators with such memberships. The translation you receive from us will always be certified by a translator with at least one of the aforementioned credentials, and for this reason we are able to guarantee that they will always be accepted by UK institutions, or your money back.
"Hi, I'm Oliver, one of the freelancers here at Certified Translation UK. I also work as a Project Manager for the group so you may well deal with me if you make an enquiry or request our services. I've been a professional freelance translator offering a certified translation service for 10 years and I specialise in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Catalan to English translations. As a freelancer I work directly with clients as well as for various translation agencies, many of which are members of the Association of Translation Companies, which means I'm recognised right up to the level of the UK government as qualified to certify my translations, so I can guarantee that any translation I carry out for you will be accepted. Get in touch whether you need a birth certificate translation for use at the Home Office, an official marriage certificate translation for use in Spain, or for any questions at all regarding the often confusing concept of certified translation. We offer a free advice service with no pressure at all to use our services.
Click here to read more about our team of translators."
Below are some of the companies and organisations we supply certified and standard translations to on a regular basis. Click on the logos to visit their websites. As for the individuals who have used our services, please take a look at our reviews on Google as well as those that have been left on our own website.