Online Databases of Professional Associations
Membership in a professional association of translators and interpreters could be a good starting point for your search for a qualified cooperation partner. With more than 7,500 members, the Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators (BDÜ) is the largest German professional association in the translation industry. Other associations include ADÜ Nord, ATICOM, and VdÜ (literary translators). UNIVERSITAS and ASTTI are the largest professional associations in Austria and Switzerland, respectively. On the respective websites, translators can be found by subject area, language, and even ZIP code. The BDÜ website also provides useful tips on awarding contracts and order handling.
As in many other professions, a certificate of qualification merely represents a snapshot of a translator's career. Just as a degree does not guarantee quality, the absence of a degree does not necessarily indicate the lack of skills.
Online Specialist Lists of BDÜ
For more special subject areas such as technology, business, finance, law, renewable energies, medicine, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, and their specialization as well as for translators and interpreters of "exotic" languages (e.g. Armenian, Hebrew, or Urdu), the BDÜ website features additional specialist lists (in German). The translators are sorted by languages on almost 700 pages. The lists provide names, contact details, language directions, subject areas, document types, and TM systems.
Online Database of the State Justice Administrations
If you need an officially authorized, appointed, and sworn-in translator in Germany, go to the database of translators and interpreters. Apart from searching for names and language combinations, you can narrow down your search by federal states and courts. In total, more than 24,100 translators and interpreters are listed.
Online Network crossMarket
Apart from language service providers, our online portal for the localization industry also enables you to search for numerous freelance translators. With just a few clicks, you can find a suitable cooperation partner and send him a message.