Keeping language professionals connected for over 30 years!NCATA

There’s always a lot going on in the nation’s capital. For those who want to keep their finger on the pulse of the language industry and the international scene, being part of NCATA is a must.  The political center of the country is also its hub of international relations and a major center of international commerce.

The National Capital Area Translators Association (NCATA) is a dedicated group of professional translators, interpreters, language translation services companies, and language-related institutions.  We foster quality and professionalism in foreign language translation services and interpreting in and around the nation's capital. From business seminars to software training workshops, networking events to international conferences, NCATA plays a central role in our members’ success and keeps the community vibrant.

The National Capital Area Translators Association is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association run by and for our members. Founded in 1980, we are one of the oldest chapters of the American Translators Association. Many of our members are also members of ATA, but ATA membership is not required for membership in NCATA. We host ATA certification examinations twice yearly and organize professional development and educational seminars that can be used for ATA continuing education credits.

The diversity of our membership is an asset to our events. Freelance linguists, in-house translators, staff interpreters, and representatives of local translation agencies and organizations all get a chance to meet, make connections, and share expertise.


  • Promote the translation and interpreting professions in the greater Washington, DC area
  • Advance standards of professional ethics, business practices, and competence
  • Foster professional contacts among translators, interpreters, and translation consumers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area
  • Provide career support to translators and interpreters through professional development and mutual assistance
  • Advance the interests and concerns of professional translators and interpreters
  • Assist with accreditation of professional status
  • Maintain contact with related professional organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, private industry, and the media

Governance: How NCATA Operates

The National Capital Area Translators Association (NCATA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation registered in Washington, DC. It is also a chapter of the American Translators Association (ATA). The purpose of the corporation is to foster and support the professional development of translators and interpreters and to promote the professions of foreign language translation and interpreting.

NCATA operates according to its bylaws which are available by request to secretary@ncata.org. The governing body is a Board of Directors that consists of five officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Certification Chairperson. NCATA officers serve two-year terms.

In addition there are several committees and positions appointed by the Board of Directors that coordinate NCATA activities in different areas. These include:

Program Committee: Plans NCATA professional development seminars, social gatherings, and other events.

Membership Committee: Maintains membership records and conducts programs to reach new members.

Website Manager: Maintains the design, content, and performance of the NCATA website and database.

The elected Board of Directors, appointed committee chairs, and other appointees who keep the association running are all volunteers. NCATA has no paid staff. Serving on this team is a rewarding way for members to make new connections and contribute to a high-quality translation and interpreting environment in the greater Washington area.

NCATA Website Privacy Policy

The National Capital Area Translators Association (NCATA) is committed to respecting the privacy of its members and other visitors to its website. To protect online privacy, NCATA has implemented the following policy.


We collect information from members. When registering as a member on our site, you will be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and payment information. You may also be asked to enter your business information for your directory profile.

We may also collect information from other visitors when they register for NCATA information or events open to non-members.


The information we collect from you may be used in the following ways:

  • To provide information to the public about member service offerings through the online membership directory search. Members may choose to block this information from public access by selecting the appropriate option in their member profile.
  • To process payment transactions including membership dues and event fees.
  • To send periodic emails: The email address you provide will only be used to send you information and updates pertaining to membership, news and events, or to respond to your specific questions.
  • To personalize your communications from NCATA, such as emails of interest to members working in specific language pairs, and communication with individual members regarding membership issues.
  • To periodically provide contact information to our parent organization ATA (American Translators Association) as part of our chapter obligations.
  • To improve our website: We strive to improve our website based on information and feedback we receive from you.
  • To administer surveys or other site features.

You may elect to discontinue receiving emails (unsubscribe) from NCATA at any time by sending your request to .

Additionally, there may be times when we share aggregate information—such as the number of hits per page—with partners, sponsors and other third parties in an effort to customize or enhance the content and accept advertising on our site.


Your personal information is accessible only by authorized NCATA officers or appointees via a secured database connection. Members may also choose to make certain parts of their personal information, as indicating in the profile entry/edit forms, hidden the public in the online membership directory.

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit or access that information. We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit card information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our payment gateway provider's database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems and who are required to keep the information confidential.

After a transaction, your private credit card or other financial information will not be kept on file.


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We do not sell, trade or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, or protect our or other's rights, property or safety.


By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.


If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will update the Privacy Policy modification date below.

This policy was last modified on 6/10/2011.


This website contains links to other websites. NCATA has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies or content of such sites.


If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.


PO Box 60154, Washington, DC 20039-0154